August 31, 2008
Andrew Sullivan was one of the first bloggers I read on a regular basis, and I used to have a great deal of respect for him, even when I didn't agree with what he wrote all of the time, but he's descended into the worst kind of hackery over the last few years, and I agree witgh Ace when he says "He should be blogging at the Daily Kos." He's not just attacking Sarah Palin here, he's attacking her innocent teenage daughter and infant son as well, and that's beyond reprehensible.
So I say, yes, let's join in on this ban. As I wrote in the comments over there, he's dead to me. If you disagree, let me know in the comments.
How big are the risks for McCain?First of all, she has been to the Middle East (Kuwait, not Iraq) as many times during her tenure in office as Barack Obama has in his. Secondly, what mother with a son headed to Iraq isn't following what's going on there?
Enormous. The fighter pilot whose hero is TR is trying to land with zero visibility. It is going to be hard to wrest away from Obama the banner of change, and McCain risks being seen as unserious about national security. Palin is smart and quick on the draw, but she is completely untested and prone to bursts of the mouth. She seems to know very little about Iraq and the world and even about the national economy. She is an identity pick, first and foremost, and a process-pick, second. Women could be offended or inspired.
As far as the national economy goes, I've (of course) found her to speak eloquently on how America's reliance on foreign oil hurts both our national security and economy. But then again, I'm from a town that's smaller than Wasilla, Alaska, so what do I know?
Update: I've just been informed that Sarah Palin is not--I repeat not--a Jew like Eric Cantor and Jack Abramoff. I'm not sure if this applies to her bastard grandson Trig Palin. I'll keep you updated .
Anyway, I just realized that this is the first time since Reagan-Bush 1984 that both nominees on a major party ticket haven't been lawyers. John McCain went to the U.S. Naval Academy while Sarah Palin got a journalism degree from the University of Idaho.
No offense to Gabe, of course, but that's kind of refreshing.
Update: I once again prove my Moron credentials. This is the first time a national ticket has had two non-lawyers since...ummm...2004.
August 30, 2008
Hopefully Gov. Palin can tell us how she's actually a boring mullet-weilding governor who campaigned for state office on a platform diametrically opposed to the stances she currently takes as a vice presidential candidate. Then we can get the "conservative leaders" fully behind her for the general election.
If we could find a way to make her more boring and inauthentic, that would help, too. As it stands now, she's hurting the Republican Party's brand.
Update: Charles "I'm from Washington, so I know better than you rubes" Krauthammer shows up at Moron Central to register his displeasure.
A judge lifted the order blocking the University of California at Berkeley from beginning construction on a planned athletic facility next to Cal's football stadium yesterday, thus clearing the way for treeborne hippies protesting the removal of the trees to immediately begin their search for new housing. Dumpster Muffin, thy name is sadness.
It would be easy to get all Eric Cartman on the dedicated freaks who, beginning on December 1, 2006, have sat, slept, lounged naked, and screamed at police from the trees. You must admire some things about their effort, though: it was consistent (constant occupancy), stylish (one of the sitters calls herself "Dumpster Muffin,") and quasi-successful in that it put off the construction of the facility for nearly two years. Consistent, stylish, and quasi-successful would not be the words I normally associate with the word "hippie," so at the least the whole exercise has been a loopy but effective exercise in rebranding for Team Hippie. (Those three original words, by the way, are "lice," "marijuana," and "naked.")
Let's hope the next few days involve a lot of tears (from tear gas as well as sadness over their FAIL) and cracked hippie skulls. Because the word I like most to associate with hippies is "whomping."
Weapons are pouring in from Eastern Europe (Poland in particular), soldiers and others are smuggling them in from Afghanistan and Iraq, some are smuggled in from lesser or non-Nanny States, and there's a pretty solid homegrown illegal gun trade too.
Apparently a lot of deactivated guns in Britain are now being sold on the black market and are rebuilt to fire in clandestine workshops. Shotguns and sawed-off shotguns are the cheapest to acquire and are less popular because they are often awkward to carry and don't offer the street cred of a semi-auto pistol or even a full auto firearm.
I have to laugh at this,
"Everyone wants to be a gangster now, mainly the kids. You have five or six in a little crew and one of them will be carrying. They want handguns - shotguns are too big and bulky. The sawn-off doesn't look so good but use a machine gun and you get known as a heavy guy. They have them just to be a chap on the street, to pose. Some of them walk around all day with a .38. It's 16-year-olds at it and it's getting like America, silly as it sounds."
Yeah, except if a 16 year old pulls a gun on one of us in Silly America, we at least have the right to have our own to defend ourselves and draw our own pistol, your life is completely in the hands of some stupid teen gangsta wannabe chav with a pistol. Pretty silly to live at the mercy of common street thugs like that if you ask me,
The Guardian's source said that guns were becoming a first rather than a last recourse. "A gun used to be used as a mediator; now everything is revolved with a gun. It's brought the heat on everyone. Before you would get a two [years jail sentence], now it's a five. It's getting like the US now, like The Wire. It's like a prediction of what will happen here. I think they all think they're playing Grand Theft Auto. It's madness out there."
Yeah, except we weren't dumb enough to give up our guns. Hope you Brits enjoy living at the mercy of street thugs and your increasingly fascistic government, because that's where things appear to be headed.
It looks like the GOP, known (rightly) for years as the "Stupid Party" actually has a clue about what to do if Gustav slams into the Gulf Coast during next week's convention:
The contingency plan â€“ a worst case scenario if the storm devastates coastal areas â€“ would turn Republicans into Red Cross-type volunteers who would help collect donations, food and goods to help storm victims.That might just do the trick in terms of killing the meme that I worried about a couple of days ago.
McCain - whose campaign motto is "Country First" â€“ said helping people during an emergency will take precedence over accepting his GOP nomination for president.
"It wouldn't be appropriate to have a festive occasion while a near tragedy or a terrible challenge is presented in the form of a natural disaster," McCain told Fox News in a pretaped interview airing today.
The link to the Post story comes from Instaglenn, who wisely suggests "sending a group of volunteers down afterward, with Sarah Palin in charge." Yes, please.
It will be fascinating to see the Alaska Republican delegation front and center at this weekâ€™s Republican National Convention now that Alaska governor Sarah Palin will be on the ticket.Gee, I guess those 80-90% approval ratings were just a fluke! Who would have thought that running against both the Democratic and (to some extent) the Republican parties in her state would leaver her with a few enemies?
This is a state party whose establishment faction, to put it mildly, isnâ€™t too enamored with their reform-minded governor.
This is a state party whose chairman, Randy Ruedrich, has been feuding with Palin for years. Palin exposed Ruedrich for ethical violations in 2004 when both served on the Alaska Oil and Gas Conservation Commission â€” and their relationship has been frosty ever since.
Ruedrich declined to comment at the historic nature of having an Alaskan on the national ticket for the first time in the stateâ€™s history.
Exit question: Why hasn't the Politico gone to great lengths to highlight the frosty relationships between Sen. Obama and his opponents in Chicago?
Some of the gems from Newsbusters:
Next concernedamerican posted a slam on Palin's commitment to her baby. "She decided not to take maternity leave with this pregnancy!!!! What's up with that? With a special needs baby?" And then went on to accept the claims without proof saying, "Kind of hypocritical to push abstinence programs in schools and then cover up your own teenage daughter's pregnancy with a lie that you had the baby yourself, dontcha think?"
Not4bushwa also assumed it was all true merely because it was posted on DailyKos, saying: "If Palin had come clean about her daughter or if McCain had vetted her more carefully and not chosen her, this would not be a story. But she didn't and he didn't. Tough luck, poor judgment, another right-wing hypocrite scandal." And later wrote, "This is a big lie. Why the excessive secrecy? So much shame for a fairly common predicament--teenage pregnancy? I wonder: Who's the father?"
Obviously, since a Kos diarist posted this garbage story, many Kossacks will simply believe it is true despite that there is no proof at all for even a single word of the accusations.
Poster sailmaker finds Motherhood so disgusting that he can't imagine a vice president doing it, posting that his "mind boggles at the idea of a lactating VP." That's classy, isn't it?
Poster Subversive really went for the gutter with, "The only thing missing from this story is that the baby wasn't Black."
Folks, they don't know how to handle her. And the fact that as a mother of five, she is still more manly (though -ILFish to 11) than any male Kossack would ever be. And the fact her husband could rip their eyeballs out just by farting on them scares the shit out of them as well.
At press time, the nut was still firmly attached to the base of the manâ€™s genitals.Huh. Like most guys, I have two nuts firmly attached to the base of my genitals, but this guy is different, I guess.
Boy was I wrong.
When I got out of the shower, the friend I'm staying with was awake, and said "CNN News just woke me up with a text saying that McCain chose some b**** from Alaska as his running mate." At this point, I told him that he was just going to have to deal with the fact that I would be on the computer all day.
I just shelled out $50 to John McCain. I just bought two bumper stickers and I only have one car.
The next 67 days just got a lot more exciting. We now have what we were lacking: a GOP ticket we can be excited about.
Hey, $3,000,000 in 7 hours can't be wrong!
We now return me to my regularly scheduled vacation.
P.S. - Yes, my head did asplode.
August 29, 2008
Excitement and Energy.
Hell, just look at the comment and traffic activity here, at Moron Central, and elsewhere. This move has excited many in the base of the Party to actually (gasp) kinda, just maybe, don't look twice, support McCain.
Also, I tip my hat to Maverick for being ballsy enough to eschew the Conventional Wisdom that picking another capable, though boring, white guy with ties to a "battleground state or area" was the wise move. He gambled on energy and buzz, and it is paying off in the short term. And all of this without pissing off a base that (myself included) already eyed Maverick with suspicion and caution.
Yeah, Pawlenty, Portman, Cantor, and Romney may very well have been wonkish Beltway approved picks, or ones that would have helped solidify states like Michigan or Ohio, but would they have generated this sort of buzz? Would they have been able to get more than a "meh. I guess I'll support him" from many in the base? Would my wife and that friend of mine I see at the playground with his daughters when I take my daughter to the park be talking about Romney tonight like he was Palin?
Why do I mention my wife? Here's why. She works in a secure office without TV, radio, or internet access. She didn't know about the Palin pick until she heard it in the car on the way home from her job. She immediately called me screaming, "Did you hear?!?!?" That is how excited she was over the Sarah Palin pick. If a person who really doesn't follow politics too much can get this excited, how many times over has that happened across America this afternoon and evening?
Hey, this race is tight, and McCain could have played it safe and gone for a boring pick. He didn't need to do a desperation pick, ala Mondale/Ferraro in 1984. But the Palin choice has rocked the campaign season to its core. No more proof is needed than the fact Team Obama seems on its heels for the first time since Jeremiah Wright became a household name.
Of course, I am writing this after settling my daughter down for bed and enjoying a nightcap to help me forget about my job. So who knows?
But well played, Senator McCain. Well played.
As Republicans gather to nominate John McCain for president in St. Paul next week, don't expect former rival Ron Paul to cheer him on.Yeah, I'm sure your loyal horde of weirdos and retards will be well equipped (maybe with an even bigger blimp!) to convince us all to go back to the gold standard and stop giving foreign aid to Israel or whatever nutty thing you're currently advocating.
Unlike other former candidates like Mitt Romney and Mike Huckabee, the libertarian-leaning Texas congressman wasn't given a speaking slot at the convention -- in fact, he says the McCain campaign tried to bar him from the convention floor entirely.
"I didn't expect much and I didn't get much, because they don't want somebody there who will emphasize where they're coming short," he said in an interview.
Instead, Paul plans a rally of his own at a basketball arena across the river in Minneapolis, along with training sessions for his supporters who want to more effectively push the Republican party toward his antiwar, small-government ideals.
"They're lining up for the next fight, and they're going to have better numbers and they're going to know the rules better," he said.
In between cross burnings and LARP tournaments, that is.
I'm actually still looking through these myself, they're excellent shots, so check out Alice's work, she's done an excellent job, every bit as good as Zombie.
Here's a little Alaska-delivered foreign policy for you!
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