Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Banned Books Week, 2008

This week is the American Library Association’s annual celebrated Banned Books week. There are no banned books in the United States, of course. The “banned books” are books that have been challenged by concerned parents.

If--as a hypothetical example--you found a children’s book in your local library which contained graphic illustrations of people having sex with animals and you complained to the librarian, your complaint could be logged with the American Library Association. If enough parents complained, the book might make the “banned books list” and be celebrated by the American Library Association!

I mentioned this to one of my regular readers and he wondered how the libraries would do on books written by John McCain and Barack Obama. Fortunately, there is a library tool that provides such information. It is called WorldCat. I checked WorldCat for the books written by John McCain and Barack Obama. The number at the left is the number of WorldCat libraries which own each book:

3,183 The Audacity of Hope by Barack Obama
2,876 Dreams from my Father by Barack Obama
2,500 Faith of My Fathers by John McCain
1,526 Worth the Fighting for by John McCain

Looks to me like John McCain’s books have been “banned” in some libraries. Maybe they should be on the banned books list (Hat tip: Kevin)

UPDATE: Please see the excellent post about Banned Books Week on Safe Libraries.

Strange bedfellows

You’ve heard it said that politics makes strange bedfellows. Its certainly no secret that the Democrats absolutely hate the Bush administration. In fact, it wouldn’t surprise me to learn that some Democrats have voted against some things for no other reason than the fact that President Bush was for it.

That is why I was so amazed that the Bush bailout proposal was so quickly supported by the Democrats. Why would the Democrats so eagerly support the Bush administration?

Could it be that the Democrats—expecting to be in the White House before long— figured that they would soon be in charge of this 700 billion dollars which they could distribute however they wanted (maybe with their own political strings attached)?

Just wondering.

Monday, September 29, 2008

Inside story on the bailout

Here is the inside story of what really happned in today's vote against the bailout. Unbelievable!


Qur'an suras 49, 50, 51 and 52

Robert Spencer's commentary on the Qur'an, suras 49-52.

How to survive an economic collapse

The House rejected the bailout today and the stock market fell almost 800 points. I'm sure our Congress will do something before the week is out but in the mean time here is some interesting reading:

eHow

Truth will set you free

Backwoods Home Magazine

Barney Frank is working on it

Nancy Pelosi just finished a press conference. She just extended her thanks to Barney Frank who, she said, has great knowledge about this crisis.

Only a couple years ago in response to Republican concerns about Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, Barney Frank publicly assured everyone that Fannie and Freddie were solid. Does it comfort you to know that he is the Democratic point man working on a solution?

Breaking: Vote fails

CNN is reporting that the vote for the bailout package in the House of Representatives appears to have failed. The stock market is down over 500 points right now.

Acorn removed from bailout

My understanding is that thanks to the hard work by congressional Republicans, the scandalous provision to provide money to Acorn and other radical community groups has been removed from the bailout bill.

When House Republican John Boehner was asked about the effect John McCain's return to Washington had, Boehner said "if it were not for John McCain supporting me at the White House when I said whoa, whoa, time-out, they would have run over me like a freight train."

So when Democrats say that John McCain hindered the bailout process, what they apparently mean is that McCain hindered their efforts to screw the American people even more by including pet provisions like the funding of radical (and pro-Democrat, of course) community activist groups as part of the bailout!

Mark Cuban on the bailout

Mark Cuban, multi-millionaire owner of the Dallas Mavericks and other businesses, discusses the bailout on his blog. Very insightful, but not particularly happy reading for this Monday morning. (Hat tip: Kevin).

Emergency Economic Stabilization Act

Today, the House of Representatives will vote on The Emergency Economic Stabilization Act, the bill which will supposedly get us out of the current financial crisis. For a brief summary of that Act, see Market Watch.

Sunday, September 28, 2008

Barney Frank and the economic crisis

While Democrat Barney Frank is blaming the private sector and the free market for getting us into the current economic crisis, an outstanding (and short) article in the Boston Globe argues that it was our government--including no small part by Barney Frank!--that got us into this crisis. The article says,
...mortgage lenders didn't wake up one fine day deciding to junk long-held standards of creditworthiness in order to make ill-advised loans to unqualified borrowers. It would be closer to the truth to say they woke up to find the government twisting their arms and demanding that they do so - or else.

The roots of this crisis go back to the Carter administration. That was when government officials, egged on by left-wing activists, began accusing mortgage
lenders of racism and "redlining" because urban blacks were being denied mortgages at a higher rate than suburban whites.

The pressure to make more loans to minorities (read: to borrowers with weak credit histories) became relentless. Congress passed the Community Reinvestment Act, empowering regulators to punish banks that failed to "meet the credit needs"of
"low-income, minority, and distressed neighborhoods." Lenders respon
ded by
loosening their underwriting standards and making increasingly shoddy loans. The
two government-chartered mortgage finance firms, Fannie Mae and Freddie
Mac,
encouraged this "subprime" lending by authorizing ever more "flexible" criteria by which high-risk borrowers could be qualified for home loans, and then buying up the questionable mortgages that ensued.
Please take time to read the entire article in the Boston Globe when you get a chance.

Verbal bailout agreement

Just after midnight Congress apparently reached a verbal agreement on the bailout deal. It will involve 350 billion for the bailout with an additioal 350 billion if all goes well. The details still need to be worked out on paper.

I've heard that the bailout bill still includes a provision to provide money for such radical community groups as Acorn! I just sent an e-mail to my congressman asking him not to vote for any bailout program that provides money to such radical community groups. I told him that I would quite literally rather lose my house than to support such groups with our tax dollars.

Saturday, September 27, 2008

Acorn, Democrats and the bailout

An article that just came out in today’s Wall Street Journal contains quite possibly the most shocking political allegation I’ve ever read. Talking about discussions over the bail-out plan the article states:

The House and Senate Democratic drafts contain an indefensible and well-hidden provision. It would mandate that at least 20% of any profit realized from the sale of each troubled asset purchased under the Paulson plan be deposited in either the Housing Trust Fund or the Capital Magnet Fund. Only after these funds get their cut of the profits are "all amounts remaining . . . paid into the Treasury for reduction of the public debt."

Here's the exact, amazing language from the Democratic proposal, breaking out how the money would be divided and dispensed:

"Deposits. Not less than 20% of any profit realized on the sale of each troubled asset purchased under this Act shall be deposited as provided in paragraph (2).

The article goes on to explain:

What we have here essentially are a pair of government slush funds created in July as part of the Economic Recovery Act that pump tax dollars into the coffers of low-income housing advocacy groups, such as Acorn.

Acorn, one of America's most militant left-wing "community activist groups," is spending $16 million this year to register Democrats to vote in November. In the past several years, Acorn's voter registration programs have come under investigation in Ohio, Colorado, Michigan, Missouri and Washington, while several of their employees have been convicted of voter fraud.
So while America is quite literally on the verge of total economic collapse, the Democrats’ “most ethical Congress in history” are holding up the process with their own pet projects. Not only that, in a proposed solution that will cost the American people 700 billion dollars, the Democrats have tried to sneak in a provision that will divert millions of dollars into a slush fund that will help to ensure their power base!

One of the recipients of this slush fund would be Acorn. Organizations like Acorn are in no small part responsible for this economic crisis in the first place, but more than that, Acorn is being investigated for criminal election fraud activities! The Democrats want to give them more of your money!

And when Barack Obama brags about all his experience as a community organizer, guess which community group he worked for. You got it. Acorn!

Obama's free ride

Last night Obama made the point (again) about how he only plans to tax the rich, not 95% of the rest of us.

Even though Obama admits that we are in the most serious economic crisis since the Great Depression, this doesn't seem to have affected his extravagant spending plans in the least!
For example, last night Obama insisted that he just couldn't cut his proposed early childhood education program!

While Congress is working on a 700 billion dollar bail-out package, Obama thinks pouring more tax dollars into an early childhood education program is one of the essentials! He is clearly out of touch with reality!

But let's engage in a wild flight of fantasy and imagine that Obama would really be able to fund all his enormously expensive programs just by taxing the upper 5%. What exactly do you think this upper 5% is going to do with their higher tax bill?

Does anyone honestly think these companies will just absorb the increased taxes? Of course not! They will pass the increased taxes on to you by way of higher prices for food, for clothes, for gasoline, for cars, for everything! There is no free ride for all of Obama's very expensive new programs. You will pay for them!.....if you still have a job, that is.

As McCain pointed out last night, "Right now, the United States of American business pays the second-highest business taxes in the world, 35 percent. Ireland pays 11 percent." There comes a point at which more and more companies will just decide they can do busness better overseas (just like they've been outsoursing more and more of our jobs overseas). The result will be fewer and fewer jobs which means fewer and fewer less tax dollars going in to the U.S. Treasury, which means higher and higher taxes for more than just the top 5%.

There is no free ride. All those who think that Obama's many wonderful new programs will not cost them anything are deluding themselves!

illegal immigration and financial crisis

Congressman Tom Tancredo sent a letter to his congressional colleagues today about the effect illegal aliens may be having on the mortgage crisis. Tancredo wrote:
I sent a letter to the Secretary of HUD a year ago about this very concern. I also pressed the agency to disclose the extent to which this type of fraud is contributing to volatility in the mortgage markets. I believe this kind of fraud has contributed to the tumult we are seeing in the headlines daily.

I have seen this ugly issue up close, as a Colorado-based mortgage fraud ring in which realtors, loan officers, and sales agents were indicted and arrested for obtaining federally-backed loans for some 250 unqualified buyers by manufacturing
false financial information, fraudulent identities, and bogus citizenship documentation. All of the 191 houses involved were purchased with HUD-guaranteed loans. According to one expert, banks in Colorado alone lose upwards of $75 million per year to fraud – so I can only imagine what the numbers are like nationally. (Rep. Tom Tancredo)

Friday, September 26, 2008

Harry Reid and the economic crisis

In a news conference that is still in progress, Senator Harry Reid said that the insertion of Presidential politics has not been helpful and that Democrats have asked John McCain to take a stand but that he has not done so. Reid said that McCain has only been standing before the cameras.

That's strange. I've seen Reid and Obama in front of the cameras but I haven't seen McCain coming out to the cameras at all since he went back to Washington!

And Reid wants McCain to take a stand? Isn't better to listen and consider all the options before taking a stand? Sounds to me like Reid just wants to know where McCain stands so he can thrown stones.

And about the insertion of Presidential politics into this crisis: Reid is not complaining about Obama coming to Washington. He just didn't want McCain to come to Washington. But McCain or Obama will be the next President of the United States. One of them will inherit this crisis. What kind of idiocy is it that expects the Presidential candidates to stay away and not be involved, or at least informed first hand, about the most serious financial crisis since the Great Depression?

The blatant politicizing of this crisis by Democrats Harry Reid and Chris Dodd today is absolutely despicable!

Economic crisis and self-first

Yesterday Barack Obama, John McCain and President Bush met in a bi-partisan effort to solve the energy crisis.

The effort failed.

Meanwhile, there was optimism that Congress was about to reach and agreement on the crisis.

They failed.

Congress then went to work late into the night to find a solution.

And while the President, the House of Representatives, The Senate, and Senator John McCain are all hard at work trying to rescue the nation from what Barack Obama himself called the most serious financial crisis since the Great Depression...........

Senator Barack Obama is planning to board a plane to go back to work trying to make himself President.

Self first! That's real leadership isn't it!

Wanting to die for Jihad in Germany

This morning Fox News is reporting that two men were removed from an airplane this morning. In their pockets were suicide notes saying they wanted to die for Jihad.

I'm in favor of giving them their wish but I don't think Germany has the death penalty.

Thursday, September 25, 2008

Democrats and the economic crisis

We are in the most serious economic crisis since the Great Depression. The Democrats think this is no time for "finger pointing." They have good reason not to want any finger pointing:

In 1977 Democratic President Jimmy Carter established the Community Reinvestment Act which encouraged fiscally unsound lending practices by banks.

In 1995 Democratic President Bill Clinton strengthed the Community Reinvestment Act substantially increasing the number of risky loans provided.

As a result, by 2007 "Fannie and Freddie owned or guaranteed nearly half of the $12 trillion U.S. mortgage market" (Community Reinvestment Act).

Meanwhile, back in 2005 John McCain, Alan Greenspan and others were sounding the warning about Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. In fact, McCain and three other Senators proposed legislation to deal with the problem but the legislation was blocked by the Democrats! (Gateway Pundit).

As it turns out, the Bush administration called for reform of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac 17 times in 2008 alone! The Democratic Congress ignored him.

So why would the Democrats ignore such serious warnings? Could it have anything to do with the fact that the three top recipients of money from Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac are Democratic senators Chris Dodd ($165,000), the current Presidential candidate Barack Obama ($126,349) and the last Democratic Presidential candidate, John Kerry ($111,000)?! (News Busters)

Could it have anything to do with the fact that Democratic Senator Chris Dodd--the chairman of the Senate Banking committee which oversees Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae--has accepted $165,000 from these two organizations?

What on earth is Chris Dodd doing accepting any money from organizations he oversees? Isn't that called "corruption"?

Something genuinely stinks in all of this and I hope the FBI is investigating, because the mainstream media is certainly asleep at the switch!

Harry Reid's drilling ban

In an act of partisan politics almost beyond comprehension, Senator Harry Reid, the Democratic leader of the Senate, tried to sneak in an oil drilling ban into the economic stimulus package.

Even Barack Obama said that we are in the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression but some Democrats apparently care more about their own social agendas then they do about the country!

Do you really want these people running the country? Read the story at Michelle Malkin and Hyscience.

Iran's Code Pink supporters

According to Amanda Carpenter at Townhall,
Jodi Evans, a founder of the radical anti-war group Code Pink and "bundler" for Barack Obama’s presidential campaign, met with Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad Wednesday.

Ms. Evans meets with a man who is a sworn enemie of the U.S. and wants to see both us and Israel destroyed. Not only that but he's currently creating nuclear weapons to do just that. And the really sad thing about it is that she represents so many mindless idiots on the Left.

Can we question their patriotism yet?
According to the Christian Newswire:
Virginia Governor Tim Kaine is defending why his administration forced the sudden resignation of five Virginia State Police Chaplains because they prayed publicly "in Jesus' name." Police Superintendent Col. W. Steven Flaherty single-handedly created then enforced a strict "non-sectarian" prayer policy at all public gatherings, censoring and excluding Christian prayers, then accepted the resignation of five chaplains who refused to deny Jesus or violate their conscience by watering down their prayers.

Strange. Somehow I missed the news about the First Amendment being repealed. Some on the Left seem to want to redefine the first Amendment to mean that your freedom of speech ends when you leave your home or place of worship.

If you think this is bad, just wait until Barack Obama becomes President and appoints people to the Supreme Court who think the Constitution is a living, breathing document that should be interpreted according to the Left's current standards of political correctness!

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

The real cause the economic crisis

Neal Boortz is a radio talk show host and a real estate lawyer who “was making most of my money…closing loans for some of the very institutions that are in the tank today.” According to Boortz, “This rather unique combination – closing lawyer and radio talk show host – gave me a front row seat to the politicization of mortgage loans that led us to today’s headlines.”

Boortz says that while the politicians want to blame “greedy” mortgage brokers and lenders, the blame really falls on the politicians. Boortz points out that twenty years ago investigative journalists were doing stories about “evil and racist mortgage lenders refusing to make real estate loans to various minorities and to applicants who lived in lower-income neighborhoods.”

Boortz says that “credit histories, job stability, loan-to-value ratios and income levels were considered there was no evident racial discrimination.” The problem had nothing to do with racism at all. The banks “didn’t want to loan money to Joe Homebuyer because Joe had a spotty job history, owed too much money on his credit cards, and wasn’t all that good at making payments on time.”

Nevertheless, Washington sprang into action with the Community Redevelopment Act, making it clear that if lending institutions did not make home ownership available to more low-income people , “there would be a heavy price to pay.”

Boortz notes that one of “the community groups browbeating banks into making these bad loans was an outfit called ACORN.” Barack Obama was a community organizer for ACORN. Obama was also the second highest recipient of money coming from Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac! (Just a coincidence, I’m sure).

Boortz notes that the Left is using this crisis “as evidence the failure of the free market and capitalism” when the fact is that the economic crisis is the result of Washington’s “political interference in free market economics.”

Please read the entire article. Boortz explains it much better than my brief summary of his article.

Boortz may have uncovered one aspect of this economic crisis but I doubt that anyone would think his explanation is the whole story. It will be interesting to see if they FBI turns up anything.

Sowell on the economic crisis

For a concise assessment of the current economic crisis, please read the short but excellent article by Thomas Sowell.

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Ahmadinejad at the U.N.

Today, Iran's President Ahmadinejad spoke at the United Nations. Jihad Watch provides a penetrating analysis of this man. Please read the entire article when you get a chance but below are some excerpts of Ahmadinejad's beliefs and actions:

He literally believes in the imminent emergence of the Mahdi - the Shiites' promised one who is expected to appear to set aright a decadent and wretched world.

He views himself as the vassal of Mahdi, working for him and being accountable to him.

His main task is to prepare the world so to hasten the Mahdi's coming. If this preparation requires much destruction and bloodshed, so be it.

He sees the Jews as the sworn enemies of Islam. The hostility dates back to the time of Muhammad's own treatment of the Jews in Medina. At first, expediently, Muhammad called the Jews "people of the book," and accorded them a measure of tolerance until he gained enough power to unleash his devastatingwrath on them.

He says that the Holocaust is a myth. He is, in this respect, in good company with a number of other revisionist fanatics.

He wants Israel to be wiped out of the map or transferred to Europe.

He believes that the earth is Allah's and all people must either become believers of his brand of Islam or must perish as infidels najis (unclean) who by their very presence defile Allah's earth.

The Shiite's "Maudi" reminds me of the "Antichirst" in the book of Revelation.

FBI investigates

Fox News is reporting that the FBI is now investigating Fannie Mae, Freddia Mac, AIG, and Lehman Brothers for possible fraud.

Grim economic predictions

Paul Weyrich has some very grim and frightening predictions for our economic future. He suggests that the looser of this Presidential election will actually be the luck one. Unless you are prone to panic attacks or nightmares, please read the entire article. I certainly agree with Weyrich's bottom line:

Put simply, there is no free ride in this world. And government at all levels, not only in Washington, has failed to understand this. Whoever wins this election had better be prepared to show some real leadership and be willing to take strong action immediately to save the Nation from what could be tantamount to a catastrophe.

A good place to begin, I believe, would be freezing the federal budget and begin working toward some deep cuts and re-prioritizing expenses in favor of the Nation’s
infrastructure. Balancing our federal budget and making some headway against an out-of-control national debt are an absolute must. There must be a return to sound fiscal policy.

I think John McCain and Sarah Palin understand this. Barack Obama, with his massive socialist spending programs, doesn't have a clue.

Sunday, September 21, 2008

Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae

On Fox News Sunday just now, Arizona Representative Jon Kyle just said that Republicans have been calling for more regulation of Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae since 2002. Democratic Senator Chuck Schummer (who was sitting right next to Joh Kyle at the time) tried to dance around the issue but did not dispute the facts.

The Vision of the Left

See JWR for a short, but outstanding article by Thomas Sowell on "The Vision of the Left."

A national organization against women

The National Organization for Women has snubbed a woman candidate for Vice President in favor of a man who rejected a very qualified woman as his running mate.

How can this be? How could a woman Vice President NOT be good for women?

The main excuse given is often abortion. I was recently listening to a female caller to a radio talk show who argued that Sarah Palin would overturn Roe v. Wade, make abortion illegal, and force women into back alleys for illegal abortions!

Although NOW knows this is not true, they are undoubtedly very happy to let people think this. What many people fail to realize is that even if Sarah Palin were, by some miracle, able to bring about the overturning of Roe v. Wade--that would not make abortion illegal in America. All it would do is force the people of each state to decide what they were going to do about abortion.

The people of each state would get to choose. The irony is that pro-choice people do not want the people of each state to have a choice!

So it seems that if the National Organization for Women was really about promoting women, they have an outstanding opportunity to do so in Sarah Palin. But NOW is really not a national organization for women, as much as they are a national organization for promoting Leftist agendas. They do this by using women as a front, much like a sleazy man might use a so-called “trophy wife” to further his ulterior agendas.

Qur'an suras 47 and 48

Robert Spencer's commentary on the Qur'an, suras 47 and 48 is now available on Jihad Watch.

Saturday, September 20, 2008

Palin supporters just white trash

Now a journalist in Canada is saying that those of us who support Sarah Palin are just "white trash" (I'm sure that will be quite a revelation to the black supporters of Sarah Palin I saw at the McCain / Palin rally yesterday).

Watch the entire video. The insights at the end about Canada's Human Rights Commission hit the nail right on the head! It's not about civil rights at all. it is about Leftist fascists silencing free speech and enforcing their views on everyone else. (I've never been a particular fan of Greta but after seeing this clip, I think she should be appointed Secretary of State :-)

Jihad Prevention Act

Recently, Recliner Commentaries commented on the official acceptance of Sharia law in Britain. Representative Tom Tancredo is now introducing an act in Congress that would attempt to prevent similar measures in the United States.

This bill, H. R. 6975, is called the Jihad Prevention act. It is a bill "To require aliens to attest that they will not advocate installing a Sharia law system in the United States as a condition for admission, and for other purposes."

It seems to me that--especially in a time of war with Radical Jihidists--this is a very reasonable measure that should have been taken seven years ago. But you can bet your house that liberal Democrats, including Barack Obama, will oppose this bill with every fiber of their being.

Are these really the people you want running our country?

Hotel bomb in Pakistan

On Fox News, terrorism expert Mansoor Ijaz says the entire Marriott Hotel in Islamabad is consumed by fire. The car bomb apparently also ignited natural gas. Ijaz said that there may have been as many as 300 people in this hotel.

I have still not seen any reports on CNN or MSNBC.

Breaking: Marriott bombed

Fox News is reporting that a large explosion has occurred at the Marriott Hotel in Islamabad, Pakistan (CNN was still talking about Hurricane Ike)!

The explosion was apparently caused by a car bomb. What remains of the hotel is now on fire. The death toll so far is up to 18.

Probably just those fundamentalist Christians again!

Friday, September 19, 2008

Technical note

Blogger is apparently having technical difficulties. It just reversed the order of my last two posts and assigned inaccurate times (it is now 4:16PM). Earlier today I had to delete a post because blogger put over half of the text in a font so tiny that several paragraphs appeared as a single line. I have to post everything twice because I always get an error message the first time I post anything. Wordpress is beginning to sound better all the time.

God and Sarah Palin

While reading the "Wheaton Weekly" I came accross a link to an outstanding article entitled, "Bashing God by dissing Sarah." When you get a chance, please read the entire article. In the mean time, I've pasted a few excerpts below:

Sarah Palin not only believes in God, she belongs, to the horror of her liberal critics, to the Assemblies of God, an evangelical church. For many liberals this is the equivalent of The Making of the President meets Invasion of the Body Snatchers.

…Palin terrifies the left precisely because her election… would not simply shatter the glass ceiling but redefine feminism itself as the glass explodes. Gone for good would be the image of the pant-suited, pro-abortion, secular-centered Powerful Woman. In her place would be a skirt-wearing, vibrantly pro-life, God-centered woman who is neither afraid of her own femininity or, importantly, ashamed of her working class roots and the religious values that come with them.

From Gloria Steinem to Hillary to a seemingly endless parade of media stars, the message was always that "woman equals liberal." Worse, it defined "woman" as economically well-to-do professionals with a fistful of graduate degrees all obtained from some elite East or Left coast university. It was a massive untruth, a political conceit…

[Sarah Palin] has taken a shotgun to the glass ceiling that kept God-fearing, child-rearing, gun-owning, non-Ivy League, pro-life, working women from so visibly rising to the top rungs of American society. This is why the vitriol that pours forth to
be dumped over her political head. Palin is a personal threat to the very core image liberal Democrats have of women, of feminism itself.

Make no mistake. The vociferous attacks on Sarah Palin…are about much, much more than they seem. A lot of them aren't even about Sarah Palin at all.

Their real target doesn't even have His name on the ballot.

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Qualified to be President

I was listening to the Michael Medved radio show today when an angry caller phoned in loudly ranting and raving about how unqualified Sarah Palin is.

Mr. Medved asked her what Barack Obama had done that made her think he was qualified to be President. The only thing she could think of was that Obama was against the war in Iraq. Although there are many intelligent people who are against the war, there are also some absolute idiots who oppose the war. Just being against the war does not qualify someone to be President of the United States.

Although Sarah Palin is running for Vice President she is actually more qualified to be President than Barack Obama! Obama is a U.S. Senator and I'm sure U.S. Senators become experts in U.S. and foreign affairs given enough time, but Barack Obama is still in his first term and much of that has been spent avoiding committee meetings so he can run for President!

In the state senate Barack Obama had the luxury of avoiding decisions by voting "present." As governor, Sarah Palin didn't have that luxury. She had to make real decisions that affected real people's lives. She had to oversee numerous departments, a huge budget and the largest state in the union; and when things when wrong, the buck stopped at her desk.

Granted, she doesn't have as much experience as governor as others like Ronald Reagan or Bill Clinton when they ran for President. But Sarah Palin not running for President!

Even so, she is more qualified to be President than Barack Obama. The fact is that the only one on either ticket who has actual government executive experience is Sarah Palin!

Obama and the financial crisis

John McCain took off the gloves today in Iowa:

Two years ago I warned this Administration and Congress that regulations for our home loan agencies, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, needed to be fixed…

But nothing was done.

Senator Obama talks a tough game on the financial markets but the facts tell a different story. He took more money from Fannie and Freddie than any Senator but the Democratic chairman of the committee that regulates them. He put Fannie Mae’s CEO who helped create this disaster in charge of finding his Vice President. Fannie’s former General Counsel is a senior advisor to his campaign.

Whose side do you think he is on? When I pushed legislation to reform Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, Senator Obama was silent. He didn’t lift a hand to avert this crisis. While the leaders of Fannie and Freddie were lining the pockets of his campaign, they were sowing the seeds of the financial crisis we see today and enriching themselves with millions of dollars in payments. That’s not change, that’s what’s broken in Washington.


See Ed Morrissey for the full-text and his comments.

Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac

According to Fox and Friends this morning, in 2005-2006 John McCain warned Congress of the problems with Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac and implored Congress to do something....but the Democratic Congress ignored him.

The Palin e-mail hacker

According to WREC news radio in Memphis, the one who hacked into Sarah Palin's e-mail is a twenty-year old student attending the University of Tennessee.

If I were investigating this case, I'd want to know whether the son was acting on the request of his father who just happens to be a Democratic state representative from Tennessee.

Originalism and the Constitution

Supreme Court justice Antonin Scalia has been called evil, a neanderthal, and a fascist, all because he believes in an originalist interpretetion of the Constitution. The Constitution was written by people who wanted to communicate ideas. On originalist just wants understand and apply the ideas that these people were trying to communicate.

Those who oppose originalism believe the Constitution is a living document that should be interpreted in light of ever changing societal values. They think that if we go back to an originalist view, abortion and affirmative action will be threatened. These people are very, very near sighted.

Our Bill of Rights was designed to protect us from government by providing a core of rights that could not be taken away. But if our Constitution is interpreted in light whatever happens to be the current societal values of the time, any rights could be creatively re-interpreted and taken away.

For example, our Constitution guarantees Freedom of Religion. It is pretty clear that the Founding Fathers did not intend that to mean that we had to check our religious beliefs at the doors of our churches or synagogues when we go out.

But justices who believe the Constitution is a living document could very well re-interpret Freedom of Religion to mean precisely that, i.e. that Freedom of Religion guarantees the right to worship in your homes or houses of worship, but that there is no Constitutional guarantee apart from that. In one fell swoop, our Constitional guarantee to Freedom of Religion could be overturned by some unelected Supreme Court justices based solely on their own sense of societal values (i.e. the social values of their particular social circle).

Of course Freedom of Religion is just one example. If the Constitution is treated as a living document no freedom is safe and we might just as well tear it up.

Barack Obama is strongly opposed to originalism.

If you have time and a high speed internet connection, here is an excellent interview with Justice Scalia. (Hat tip: alcamadus)


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Lynn de Rothschild campaining for McCain

Yesterday Recliner Commentaries reported that prominent Hillary supporter, Lynn Forester de Rothschild, was planning to endorce John McCain for president.

It turns out that not only is she endorsing John McCain, she is now actively campaigning for him. She argues that the Democratic Party has been taken over by the far Left and that moderate Democrats should really vote for John McCain who will reach across the isle to work with both Republicans and Democrats.

Did Obama commit treason?

The New York Post is reporting that “According to Iraqi Foreign Minister Hoshyar Zebari” when Barack Obama was in Iraq last July he actually “tried in private to persuade Iraqi leaders to delay an agreement on a draw-down of the American military presence.” Obama’s alleged crime was reportedly witnessed by others who were in the room.

So while Obama publically tells his pacifist supporters that he wants to bring our troops home as soon as possible, he privately pressures the Iraqi government to keep our troops there until after the election!

In other words, not only is Obama lying to his supporters, he is putting his own presidential ambitions above the interests of the Iraqis and the lives of our American troops. And if that wasn’t serious enough, while in Iraq he was secretly trying to undermine American foreign policy and a sitting U.S. President. Isn’t that treason? (American Spectator, Brutally Honest).

Someone recently asked me if I thought Barack Obama was evil. I thought that was too harsh. Just because we strongly disagree with someone doesn’t mean they are evil. But if the New York Post story is true, if Obama really did attempt to delay the home coming of some of our troops just to advance his own political career, I may have to revise my estimate of Obama.

A woman's right to privacy

Last night an activist group hacked into Sarah Palin's private Yahoo e-mail account and made her personal e-mails and pictures public.

Words can hardly express my disgust and contempt for this group! If every candidate now has to worry about the content their personal e-mails being disclosed to the public, who in their right mind would ever run for public office?

Hacking into someone's personal e-mail is worse than breaking into someone's home and I would be just as outraged if it happened to Barack Obama. I hope the Justice Department finds these low-life criminals and prosecutes them to the fullest extent of the law!

I'm waiting to hear the outrage and condemnation of this criminal act by those on the Left who support a woman's "Constitutional right to privacy."

UPDATE: See Michelle Malkin's post for the rest of the story. (I still hope the FBI busts the guy).

White privilege

If you have a chance, you might want to read John Stossel's excellent article on racism in America. When you're done with that, Thomas Sowell has an even better article on the same topic.

U.S. embassy bombed

Fox News is reporting that a car bomb exploded outside the U.S. embassy in Yemen this morning. According to the New York Times, the death toll so far is 14.

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Just like us

According to Hugh Hewitt, in Ohio today John McCain noted that Obama “talked about siding with the people… just before he flew off to Hollywood for a fundraiser with Barbra Streisand and his celebrity friends."

I think this illustrates one reason why Sarah Palin resonates so well with Americans....she's one of us. She's a hockey mom with a Down's Syndrome baby and their family has problems like other families. Sarah's husband has a real job. He even works the night shift! The Palin's didn't go to an Ivy league college but they do go to an Evangelical church. They are not multi-millionaires and they are not Hollywood or Washington insiders but they do have traditional family values.

Since most Americans are NOT Harvard educated, multi-millionaire political insiders who wine and dine with Hollywood superstars, the Palins show just how out of touch the Obama's really are with ordinary Americans. Maybe that is another reason the political and Hollywood elites hate her so vehemently.

Monday, September 15, 2008

SNL, Chevy Chase and Sarah Palin

In a recent interview on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe”, comedian Chevy Chase commented on Tina Fey’s Saturday Night Live parody of Sarah Palin saying “I wanted her to decimate this woman.” Chase went on to say, “It’s unbelievable to me that this woman is actually running for Vice President.”

What exactly is so unbelievable, Chevy? That a state governor would run for Vice President? After all, Bill Clinton was a state governor. Or is it that Sarah Palin has no foreign policy experience? But Barack Obama doesn’t have a whole lot of foreign policy experience either and he’s running for President, not Vice President!

Sarah Palin’s relative lack of experience may be reason for the Left to express concern, but it is hardly justification for a hateful, practically frothing-at-the-mouth desire to see Sarah Palin personally “decimated.”

Unfortunately, Chevy Chase is not an isolated case. He is not even the worst case. Other prominent Leftists have made vicious personal attacks on Sarah Palin’s motherhood and even her womanhood!

Clearly something other than lack of experience is at issue here. I suspect that the real underlying issue is that Sarah Palin represents traditional Judeo-Christian family values, as opposed to the secular, bigoted anti-Christian, drug and sex-obsessed party culture of Hollywood and of so many on the far Left.

Sarah Palin is a slap in the face of everything the far Left stands for, and the vomiting out of their unbridled, irrational hatred toward Sarah Palin is really just an expression of what they think of traditional American values and of traditional America---and if you hold to traditional American values, it is an expression of what they think of you, too.

And if Barack Obama is elected president, these are the people to whom he will be listening.

Sharia law in Britain

Fox news is reporting that "Islamic law has been officially adopted in Britain, with sharia courts given powers to rule on Muslim civil cases." (Hat tip: Kevin and Professor Ed).

What differnce does it make? According to the TimesOnline of London, in a recent inheritance dispute Muslim judges "gave the sons twice as much as the daughters, in accordance with sharia. Had the family gone to a normal British court, the daughters would have got equal amounts."

And in "six cases of domestic vioence" Muslim judges "ordered the husbands to take anger management classes and mentoring from community elders" but mandated no other punishment. The women then "withdrew the complaints they had lodged with the police and the police stopped their investigations."

Participation in these proceedings is supposed to be voluntary. You'll perhaps forgive me for being skeptical about how voluntary the women's participation really is--especially when the men can beat their wives and get off with some "mentoring"!

The bottom line is that Leftist relativism, political correctness and "tolerance" has now come to the point in Britain where some women can officially and legally be treated as inferior to men, all in accordance to Muslim sharia law!

Could it ever happen in America? Before you say, "of course not," just remember that such a thing would have been unthinkable in Britain only about ten years ago.

So who do you think would be more likely to oppose such a civil rights travesty in America? John McCain or Barack Obama?

Obama's embellished resume

Did Barack Obama embellish his resume? Michelle Malkin provided this link to the allegation by an Obama supporter.

Sunday, September 14, 2008

Qur'an sura 46

Robert Spencer's commentary on the Qur'an, sura 46 is now available on Jihad Watch.

Saturday, September 13, 2008

Gibson and ABC: Campaigning for Obama

Ed Morrissey contrasts the questions Charles Gibson asked recently Barack Obama compared with the questions he asked Sarah Palin. Gibson seemed "out to get" Palin and out to promote Obama.

Then Morrissey provides this link to the full transcript of the Gibson-Palin interview including the parts edited out by ABC News. Here are some statements by Sarah Palin that ABC apparently did not want the American public to hear:
We cannot repeat the Cold War. We are thankful that, under Reagan, we won the Cold War, without a shot fired, also. We’ve learned lessons from that in our relationship with Russia, previously the Soviet Union.

We will not repeat a Cold War. We must have good relationship with our allies, pressuring, also, helping us to remind Russia that it’s in their benefit, also, a mutually
beneficial relationship for us all to be getting along.

No, no. I agree with John McCain that nuclear weapons in the hands of those who would seek to destroy our allies, in this case, we’re talking about Israel, we’re talking about Ahmadinejad’s comment about Israel being the “stinking corpse, should be wiped off the face of the earth,” that’s atrocious. That’s unacceptable.

And I do believe, though, that this war against extreme Islamic terrorists is the right thing. It’s an unfortunate thing, because war is hell and I hate war, and, Charlie...

Charlie, those are freedoms that too many of us just take for granted. I hate war and I want to see war ended. We end war when we see victory, and we do see victory in sight in Iraq.

Why do you suppose ABC would not want the American public to hear that Sarah Palin does not want a repeat of the Cold War but that she does want good relations with Russia? Why would ABC not want the public to hear of Palin's strong support for Israel and her opposition to Iran? And why would they not want the public to hear that she hates war!

Could it be that they'd rather have the public think of Palin as some kind of a cowboy warmonger? Could it be that they are afraid these statements would boost her popularity even more?

Personally, I think what Gibson and ABC are doing looks more like campaigning for Obama than journalism.

Gibson and Palin

In Charlie Gibson's desperate attempt to embarrass Sarah Palin, he got it wrong! Gibson asked Governor Palin,

“Do you agree with the Bush doctrine?” She responded, quite sensibly to a question that is ambiguous, “In what respect, Charlie?”

Sensing his “gotcha” moment, Gibson refused to tell her. After making her fish for the answer, Gibson grudgingly explained to the moose-hunting rube that the Bush doctrine “is that we have the right of anticipatory self-defense.”
It turns out that Gibson didn't know what he was talking about!

Also in the interview, Gibson demanded that Palin look into the camera and tell the American people whether she was qualified to be Vice President. Without batting an eye she said that she was, after which Gibson accused her of "hubris." In other words, on national TV Charles Gibson made a personal attack on a candidate for Vice President of the United States, essentially accusing her of being arrogant!

We might expect such behavior from comedians like John Stewart or "entertainers" like those on The View or even from pundits like Bill O'Reilly, but public insults and condescension from otherwise respected journalists are unprofessional at best. If I were Gibson's boss I would reprimand him for his unprofessional conduct and demand that he issue an apology.

But that's about as likely to happen as gas prices going down as a result of Hurricane Ike.

Friday, September 12, 2008

Welcome back, Dad

Michael Reagan, son of former President Ronald Reagan, provides his view of Sarah Palin on RealClearPolitics (Hat tip: Professor ed).

The Islamic threat

Robert Spencer challenges Sarah Palin's view of the Islamic threat. I must say, I agree with Robert Spencer.

Thursday, September 11, 2008

The true face of the far left

One thing the selection of Sarah Palin has done is to rip the mask off the ugly face of the far left.

Those on the far left who seek to pass laws against hate speech, now regularly vomit vile hate speech against Ms. Palin.

Those supporters of religious pluralism are unable to hide their disgust and bigotry toward traditional Christianity.

Those defenders of women’s rights now regularly abuse and savage Sarah Palin for not supporting their leftist agenda.

Those on the far left who argued so passionately for women in leadership now want to keep a woman from breaking the glass ceiling.

Those proponents of compassion seem to have absolutly no compassion for a woman who refused to abort her Down’s Syndrome baby and whose daughter is in an unmarried pregnancy.

In short, those preachers of tolerance turn out to be some of the most intolerant people on the planet!

We now see the true face of the far left, from whom Barack Obama gets so much of his support.

September 11

It was seven years ago today that al Qaeda slaughtered 3,000 Americans when they sent the planes crashing into the World Trade Centers and the Pentagon. I'm not a betting man but if you had asked me back then what our chances were of getting hit with another Jihadist strike within a year I probably would have said it was more than 50%.

I would have guessed that the chances of another major terrorist attack within three years would have been close to 100%. I'm quite sure I'm not the only one who felt this way.

It has now been seven years and we have not had a major terrorist attack in our country. That's not because the terrorists haven't been trying. It is because we have a President who has stopped them.

Although most people seem to absolutely hate President Bush, I think he at least deserves credit for achieving what most of us thought impossible.

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Palin and Pilate

On the floor of the House of Representatives today, Democratic Representative Steve Cohen actually compared Governor Sarah Palin to Pontius Pilate, saying that Jesus was a community organizer and that Pilate was a governor! He is not the only Democrat to make that claim. Democratic Representative Donna Brazile has also made the comparison (Politico).

And then there was South Carolina Democratic Chairwoman who said that Sarah Palin’s “primary qualification seems to be that she hasn’t had an abortion.” (Politico).

It is important to note that these statements were not made by fringe looney-tones like Michael Moore or Rosie O’Donnell. It was prominent, mainstream Democratic political figures who spewed this ignorant hatred!

It appears that Sarah Palin has the Democratic party in a state of melt-down.

Tuesday, September 09, 2008

Palin, a pig in lipstick???

Did Barack Obama--in a plausibly deniable sort of way--imply that Sarah Palin was a pig in lipstick? See Hot Air for the story and video. (See also Hugh Hewitt).

Maybe it was just an innocent slip but I'm quite sure that if McCain had made the same "slip" toward Hillary during the primaries, we'd be looking at a differnt Republican candidate for President. Republican Senator Trent Lott lost his job over lesser slip.

Carol Platt Liebau asks,
Was Barack actually referring to the Governor of Alaska -- and the GOP's vice presidential nominee -- as a pig? Or was he so clueless that he didn't understand the impact of his words? If it's the former, so much for the politics of "change" that Barack's supposed to personify. If it's the latter, let's hope that, were he to become President, he doesn't inadvertantly encourage Putin and the rest of the Russians to invade Europe.

Lies about Sarah Palin

According to FactCheck.org Sarah Palin

-- "did not cut funding for special needs education in Alaska by 62 percent."

-- did not demand that books be banned from the local library

-- was never a member of the Alaska Independence Party

-- never endorsed Pat Buchanan for President

-- did not push the teaching of creationism in the public schools

In addition, the picture being circulated of her in a very tight leather mini-skirt is also a phony. Its her head photoshopped to another person's body.

While some of these things are just misrepresented, others are entirely fabricated. For example, the list of books Sarah Palin supposedly censored contains books that had not even been published at the time! And rather than cutting the special needs budget, as CNN's Soledad O'Brien claimed, Palin actually tripled the special needs budget!

Sounds like some in the Left's nut-roots are scared to death of Sarah Palin and are getting desperate! Anyone can be misled, but beware of people who make up lies to promote their agenda.

Monday, September 08, 2008

Obama and selective service

"Obama told George Stephanopoulos yesterday that he regsitered for Selective Service when he graduated from high school in 1979, and implied that it was at that point he considered joining the military" (Hugh Hewitt).

There was no selective service in 1979. Oooops.

Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac

On numerous occasions I have admitted my ignorance of economics so it won't come as a surprise to my regular readers that I really don't know much about the government take-over of Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae. Maybe someone can help me out.

When I bought my house I chose to get a slightly higher fixed rate mortgage while other people with the exact same income as mine bought more expensive homes using cheaper adjustable rate mortgages.

Now that their adjustable rate mortgages have gone up--which was no surprise to anyone--these homeowners can't afford their more expensive homes. So to remedy this problem, the government is going to take 100 Billion dollars away from those of us who bought affordable less expensive homes to help other people stay in the better homes they couldn't afford.

Excuse me, but isn't that penalizing (and taxing) those of use who exercised fiscal responsibility?

A feminist argument for Palin

Tammy Bruce is a facinating woman. She is a feminist lesbian and life-long Democrat who was once the president of the Los Angeles chapter of the National Organization for Woman. She is also pro-gun rights and conservative! While we would have strong disagreements on many issues, I have a lot of respect for Ms. Bruce. Her book, The New Thought Police was outstanding as is her article, "A feminist's argument for McCain's VP." I wish every Democrat in the country would read it.

Sunday, September 07, 2008

Sarah Palin's faith

This is a link to a video of Sarah Palin speaking to a ceremony at the Wasila [Alaska] Assembly of God, the church she grew up in (She is now a member of the Wasila Bible Church).

Judging from the testimony of others, and from her own message, she appears to be the real-deal--a genuine, born-again Evangelical Christian who is deeply committed to and filled with love for Jesus Christ.

Today I'm writing specifically to other Bible-believing Christians who are deeply in love with and committed to Jesus Christ--members of Baptist churches, Bible churches, Assemblies of God, Christian & Missionary Alliance churches, Free Methodist churches, conservative Lutheran and Presbyterian churches, Nazarene churches, Mennonite churches, Evangelical Free churches, independent churches and many others:

In the days and weeks ahead many people--even many Christians--will take issue with Sarah Palin's policies, her political record, or her experience (or lack thereof), and that's OK. That's fair game in politics.

On the other hand, while true Christians may not agree with Sarah Palin's policies or even on every aspect of her theology, we need to remember that in First Corinthians, the apostle Paul teaches that all true Christians are members of "one body" and that when one suffers, we all suffer.

Please remember this in the days and weeks ahead when the main stream media and left wing nutroots savagely attack and mock the very core of Sarah Palin's faith. They are not just mocking Sarah Palin.

Qur'an suras 44 and 45

Robert Spencer's commentary on the Qur'an, suras 44 and 45 is available at Jihad Watch.

Saturday, September 06, 2008

Sarah Palin's faith

Oh my goodness, if you thought the those on the Left hated Sarah Palin before, just wait until they read the story in the New York Times about her church background!

Friday, September 05, 2008

Media: reporting or campaigning?

The Maelstrom is citing a Rassmussen survey which found that by a margin of 10 to 1, the American public believes that the media is deliberately attacking Sarah Palin to hurt her politically.

I have to say, that I often wonder why Obama needs a campaign machine when he has so much campaign support from the mainstream media. It seems to me that some in the media are not reporting nearly as much as they are campaigning for Obama!

Oprah afraid of Palin?

Is Oprah afraid that a interview with Sarah Palin will hurt Obama's campaign? Read Ed Morrissey for the story.

True change in Washington

Those who truly want change in Washington need to consider this: Both McCain and Palin have fought against their own party when they thought their party was wrong.

Obama and Biden have always towed their party line. They have never fought against their party on anything.

Who has more potential to work across party lines to bring change to Washington?

Obama, the community organizer

Barak Obama has made much of his experience as a community organizer. As it turns out, that's not the whole story. For the rest of the story, read this CNSNews article.

Thursday, September 04, 2008

Palin's Nielsen ratings

In the "for what its worth" category, according to the Nielsen ratings, over 37 million viewers watched Sarah Palin last night. That's about 13 million more than watched the Democratic V.P contender (now what was his name again?), and almost as many as watched Barack Obama last week at the Democratic National Convention (New York Times).

The sexist Left

As a quick followup to my earlier post on "The Left's abuse of women", I thought it was intersting that on Fox and Friends this morning, the ultra-Left Susan Estrich (one time campaign manager for Michael Dukakis) admitted that even she is offended at the blatant sexism by many on the Left against Sarah Palin.

Sarah Palin's acceptance speech

In case you missed Sarah Palin's acceptance speech last night, I posted some excerpts below. Better yet, you can read the entire speech at MSNBC.

"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 involves. 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 are listening, and then talks about how bitterly they cling to their religion and guns when those people aren't listening. We tend to prefer candidates who don't talk about us one way in Scranton and another way in San Francisco."

"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 also drive myself to work. And I thought we could muddle through without the governor's personal chef - although I've got to admit that sometimes my kids sure miss her. I came to office promising to control spending - by request if possible and by veto if necessary."

"Our state budget is under control.We have a surplus. And I have protected the taxpayers by vetoing wasteful spending: nearly half a billion dollars in vetoes."

"And despite fierce opposition from oil company lobbyists, who kind of liked things the way they were, we broke their monopoly on power and resources."

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

"But the fact that drilling 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 ... build more new-clear plants ... create jobs with clean coal ... and move forward on solar, wind, geothermal, and other alternative sources."

"Terrorist states are seeking nuclear weapons without delay ... he wants to meet them without preconditions."

"Al Qaeda terrorists still plot to inflict catastrophic harm on America ... he's worried that someone won't read them their rights? Government is too big ... he wants to grow it.
Congress spends too much ... he promises more. Taxes are too high ... 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 ... raise payroll taxes ... raise investment income taxes ... raise the death tax ... raise business taxes ... and increase the tax burden on the American people by hundreds of billions of dollars.

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

Wednesday, September 03, 2008

Sarah Palin's acceptance speech

Rudy Giuliani did such an amazing job with his speech at the Republican National Convention tonight that I thought Sarah Palin was going to have a very difficult time following him. But Palin's speech was much different that Giuliani's. It was very down-to-earth and I suspect that she won the hearts of America. The cameras caught at least one person in the crowd who was moved to tears.

Then she talked about being a "hockey mom" and said she loves hockey moms. She joked the difference between a hockey mom and a pit bull is...lipstick. Then a little bit of that pit bull came out. Palin said that before she was governor of Alaska, she was mayor of at small town, and since her opponents seem to look down on that experience she thought she would clarify. She said that a small town mayor "is sort of like a community organizer except that you have actual responsibilities."

Then she talked about how Obama says one thing to people when they are listening and then talks down about how they cling to their religion when they are not listening. She said people want leaders who don't say one thing when they are in Scranton and another thing when they are in San Francisco.

Then, after talking about her record in Alaska, she spoke specifically to the issues.

Finally, like a pit-bull, she launched a devastating attack on Obama!

Palin did an outstanding job tonight! McCain has a very tough act to follow.

Obama was "present"

At the Republican National Convention tonight, Rudy Giuliani just pointed out that while Barack Obama was in the Illinois state legislature he voted "present" 130 times...He couldn't make up his mind!

Giuliani said he didn't know about this vote, "present" when he was mayor of New York and that Sarah Palin didn't get to vote "present" when she was a mayor and governor. Those in executive decisions like mayors and governors cannot just be "present," they have to actually make decisions!

Giuliani hit the nail on the head. He also hit the ball out of the park with his speech tonight.

Fair and balanced

Isn't it interesting how some on the Left have criticized Sarah Palin because 20-some years ago her husband got a DWI, when about the same time Barack Obama admits that he was using drugs?!

Isn't it intersting how some on the Left have challenged Sarah Palin's fitness to be a parent because she would expose her children to political life, when no one in the media ever questioned Joe Biden's fitness to be a father when he was a single parent?

Isn't it interesting how some on the Left have made an issue out of the teen pregnancy of Sarah Palin's 17 year old daughter, when many of these same people strongly defended Bill Clinton's sex with a young intern in the White House?

Can you say "double-standard."

Republicans and Democrats

For Barack Obama and the Democrats, the answer to virtually every question is "more government." At the Republican National Convention tonight, Mike Huckabee referred to Abraham Lincoln saying, "The founder of our party reminded us that the government that can do everything for us is the government that can take everything from us."

Lincoln was absolutely right, and I think that pretty much sums up one significant difference between Republicans and Democrats.

Obama and abortion

I heard a new Barack Obama ad today which played clips of John McCain saying that he wants to overturn Roe v. Wade. The ad implied, if not outright asserted, that McCain would make abortion illegal.

The ad is misleading at best if not just an outright lie. Even if Roe v. Wade were overturned, that would not make abortion illegal. The overturning of Roe v. Wade would allow the voters of each state to choose! The irony is that the pro-choice position is in a sense, anti-choice. Abortion advocates do not want the voters to have a choice on this issue.

I was unable to find the Obama ad on YouTube yet, but here is a different ad that makes my point:


The Left's abuse of women

If you read nothing else today, please read Michelle Malkin's outstanding article on the Left's abusive treatment of women. While those on the Left pretend to be the champions of women, many Leftists are really only for women who subserviently tow the Left's party line. Step out of line, ladies, and many on the Left will turn on you like a pack of the vicious wolves-in-sheep's clothing.

Make no mistake about it. The Left's vile personal attacks on Sarah Palin are attacks on ALL women.

Tuesday, September 02, 2008

North Korea nukes

Fox News is reporting that North Korea is now rebuliding their nuclear power plants.

James Dobson and Sarah Palin's daughter

Dr. James Dobson on the unmarried, pregnant daughter of Sarah Palin:
"In the 32-year history of Focus on the Family, we have offered prayer, counseling and resource assistance to tens of thousands of parents and children in the same situation the Palins are now facing. We have always encouraged the parents to love and support their children and always advised the girls to see their pregnancies through, even though there will of course be challenges along the way. That is what the Palins are doing, and they should be commended once again for not just talking about their pro-life and pro-family values, but living them out even in the midst of trying circumstances."

Being a Christian does not mean you're perfect. Nor does it mean your children are perfect. But it does mean there is forgiveness and restoration when we confess our imperfections to the Lord. I've been the beneficiary of that forgiveness and restoration in my own life countless times, as I'm sure the Palins have."

The media are already trying to spin this as evidence Gov. Palin is a 'hypocrite,' but all it really means is that she and her family are human. They are in my prayers and those of millions of Americans" (Hugh Hewitt).

Monday, September 01, 2008

Palin's daughter pregnant

Regarding the news today that Sarah Palin's 17 year old unmarried daughter is pregnant: I think Hugh Hewitt's post says it all.

Hurricane Gustav

I've been watching coverage of Hurricane Gustav today. Just a couple of observations:

First, while it is too early to know for sure, the fact that Louisiana now has an outstanding Republican governor in Bobby Jindal seems to have made a huge difference over the previous Democrat governor who seemed to be much better at blaming Bush than she was in preparing for disaster.

Second, McCain and Palin are actually in the Gulf region meeting with governors, mayors and emergency response teams while Obama has chosen to stay away. I don't fault Obama for this. He thinks his presence would just be a distraction and he may be right. But one thing is certain: The next time a natural disaster strikes, McCain/Palin will be much more knowledgable about the "front-lines" of disaster response than Barack Obama.

Talk about change

The light has apparently dawned on Democratic strategist Joe Trippi. In a recent CBS News article Trippi writes,
I have seen a lot of commentary on why John McCain’s pick of Alaska Governor Sarah Palin is a cynical and transparent ploy to bring disaffected women who supported Hillary Clinton to his cause - and why this ploy would fail. But I don’t think John McCain and the people around him are that stupid.
Trippi explains,
The McCain/Palin duo will challenge Barack Obama’s claim of “a new kind of politics” and chastise Obama and Democratic vice presidential Nominee, Joe Biden, for their “silence” in taking on corruption in their own party in Illinois, Delaware and Washington, DC. The McCain campaign intends to claim that “more of the same” in Washington means Barack Obama and Joe Biden and will make the argument that if you want to “shake things up” then McCain and his reform minded running mate from Alaska will get the job done.
Bottom line: If you want someone to talk about reform in Washington, Obama/Biden will do. But if you really want change in Washington, McCain/Palin are more likely to actually do it.

See Ed Morrissey's commentary.

Obama and equal pay

Barack Obama is accusing McCain and Palin of being against equal pay for women. How ironic (or should I say, hypocritical?), since a study showed that both "McCain and Clinton had more female than male staffers making six-figure salaries, while Obama had more male than female staffers making six-figure salaries" (CNSNews).

And for all Obama's high sounding talk about women, no one needs to be reminded that he just rejected a woman as Vice President who is much more qualified than he is.

But Obama can certainly give a good speech!

Biden/Obama on a nuclear Iran

According to Ha' aretz, Joe Biden once told senior Israeli officials behind closed doors that Israel would have to resign itself to a nuclear Iran. See Ed Morrissey for the story.

A nuclear Iran has the potential of becoming another Nazi Germany times 10! The leaders of Iran have consistently threatened Israel and the West. Why on earth would we not take them seriously? And how could anyone in their right mind say that Israel--or anyone else--should just resign themselves to a nuclear Iran?

If this is really the Obama/Biden position, it makes them truly dangerous!