October 29, 2008

Clash of the Titans

At 8pm tonight, C-SPAN will be airing the 2008 Clash of the Titans debate from last Friday at Regent University (where I got my Masters apparently worthless Masters). 

The topic is the presidential election and panelists include Steve Forbes, Mike Huckabee, Rick Santorum, Donna Brazile, Geraldine Ferraro, and Alan Colmes. 

Check in if you want. 

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October 28, 2008

A Convergence of Awesome

Mark Levin interviewed Gov. Sarah Palin on his show tonight. 

It was short, but worth the listen.

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October 27, 2008

I need your help!

I hate to hijack the blog, but here we go. 

I was wondering if anyone knew of any legislation in the 110th Congress that deals with NASA funding, Yucca Mountain (as it relates to nuclear waste), and anything to do with Social Security or retirement issues. 

I'm going to poke around Thomas later, but if anyone has any House bill numbers on anything like this, please drop it in the comments. 


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October 21, 2008

I am officially renaming this site the "I Love Jim Treacher" blog.

Here's how to answer "Did you know the Annenberg Challenge was funded by a Republican and included many Republican leaders?"

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Sarah's letting herself be Sarah

Ben Domenech thinks that this means that Palin is already running for 2012.  If so, good for her.  She's breaking free of McCain's handlers and it looks like she's even annoying them a bit:

On Sunday night, she twice took questions from reporters, the first time on an airport tarmac without her press staff’s knowledge.

After landing in Colorado Springs late Sunday, Ms. Palin marched over to a local television crew and began answering questions on camera, sending the traveling press corps sprinting in pursuit, and her press staff scrambling.

“Get Tracey,” one campaign aide barked into his headset, calling for Tracey Schmitt, Ms. Palin’s ever-watchful spokeswoman, who rushed over to supervise the impromptu press conference. (Ms. Schmitt, looking distressed, tried several times to cut it off with a terse “Thank you!” in between questions, to no avail.)
Meanwhile, both Joe Biden and Barack Obama were unavailable for comment

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October 20, 2008

Pretty much

What we were saying ages ago, Charlie Black, warning McCain that Palin was his only chance at winning the election,

“I’m told that Charlie Black told McCain, ‘If you pick anyone else, you’re going to lose. But if you pick Palin you may win.’ ”

Which is what we've been saying here, probably before Charlie Black was saying it.  If you look at that article, yes, McCain wanted to pick Lieberman, and yes, he would have been utterly crushed in November had he done so.

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October 17, 2008

Joe Biden just can't help himself

Remember, Joe Biden always stands up for the little guy, even when he's making fun of him.  Here he is talking to Jay Leno(emphasis mine):

Let me put it this way:  I don't know — the neighborhood I grew up, even the neighborhood I live in now, which is a really nice neighborhood, I don't know many plumbers who are making $250,000 a year and worried about it.  We're kind of worried about Joe the fireman, Joe the policeman, Joe the real plumber with a license.
Not only is he okay with the troubles the Obamamedia are heaping on someone who dared to ask The One an inconvenient question, he's delighting in it

That's what happens when you stray off the reservation, Mr. Wurzelbacher. 

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October 16, 2008

Horrible, Horrible, Horrible, Horrible, Horrible, Horrible Idea

Please don't install Gov. Palin as RNC Chairwoman if Obama is elected in November.

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October 14, 2008

Mark Levin (once again) does my job for me

A few weeks ago I said that I had decided I needed to read Saul Alinsky's "Rules for Radicals."  And yes, I have been way too lazy to actually do that. 

Well, on Mark Levin's show today, he read sections of "Rules for Radicals" and then presented them alongside statements by both Barack and Michelle Obama. 

That part occurs in the first hour, but the whole thing is worth a listen.  (The audio is here...it's the October 14, 2008 show.)

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Good riddance

Christopher Buckley has resigned from National Review.  Says Buckley,

When he offered his resignation to the magazine’s editors, “I was sort of hoping for, ‘Well, let’s think about it,’ ” Buckley said. “But to paraphrase Ronald Reagan, I didn’t leave the Republican Party, the Republican Party left me.”

How so?  You're the one that endorsed a Marxist, Chris, not Republicans.  Republicans don't endorse Marxists.  You left the Republican party Chris, be man enough to own it. 

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Some Grade A energy policy nuance from Nick Lampson

The people at Pete Olson's campaign have created a great site tracking the positions on Nick Lampson's (Texas-22) campaign page and comparing it to his record in Congress.  What they've found is that when Lampson say he support's something, it's a highly nuanced claim indeed. 

For example, while he told a constituent this summer that he had consistently voted for opening ANWR and the outer continental shelf for drilling, his record shows that he voted against both of these issues eleven times

The site even has audio of Rep. Lampson ranting against oil companies. 

So, if you're in Texas' 22nd Congressional District, or know someone who is, make sure they explore this site.  Lampson's constituents deserve to know Lampson's actual record in Congress, instead of the pretend record he posts on his website. 

Better yet, they deserve a Congressman who stays true to his word.  Help give them one by donating to Pete Olson's campaign.

**Cross-posted at Down the Ticket**

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October 11, 2008

Gov. Palin hits Obama's abortion record

Here are the prepared remarks from her rally in Johnstown, Penn. today.  A sampling:

It’s hard to think of many issues that could possibly be more important than who is protected in law and who isn’t – who is granted life and who is denied it. So when our opponent, Senator Obama, speaks about questions of life, I listen very carefully.

I listened when he defended his unconditional support for unlimited abortions. He said that a woman shouldn’t have to be – quote – “punished with a baby.” He said that right here in Johnstown –“punished with a baby” – and it’s about time we called him on it. The more I hear from Senator Obama, the more I understand why he is so vague and evasive on the subject. Americans need to see his record for what it is. It’s not negative or mean-spirited to talk to about his record. Whatever party you belong to, there are facts you need to know.
As always, go read the whole thing.

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October 07, 2008

A thousand cuts

Rick Moran says that criticizing Obama for his connections with Ayers is an "exercise in futility", because the voters don't care, because the economy is all that is on their minds.  Yes and no.  If people are hoping that Ayers is going to be Willie Horton or the Swift Boats, they probably are deluding themselves...admittedly stranger things have happened, but I'm guessing it isn't going to happen.  It's also not an "exercise in futility" either. 

Odds are, we aren't going to see a singular successful line of attack.  This is going to have to be won bit by bit, person by person.  We have to do whatever we can to make people aware of what Obama is, and how radical he is.  Elections in the modern era are often won simply on how likable a candidate is, and Obama, in the shallowest sense, is likable.  Not likable for us, because we know what he actually is, but for others, the first guy in this parody is a good example of that principle at work,

McCain has to do his part.  I think he should have waited until the debate to attack Obama for his connections to the shady players in the subprime market, and Fannie/Freddie, that would have given him the chance to explain it to the people, unfiltered through the media.  No matter, probably a stylistic difference. 

In any case, McCain's got to flip things around and make people aware that this is a Democrat-caused disaster.  He needs to explain what actually happened, and why Obama would be a disaster.  We're going to have to keep him from doing anything that's political suicide as well.  People need to learn about Barney Frank's role, the big players in Freddie/Fannie, and people like Penny Pritzker.  They need to know that these people are closely tied to the Obama campaign. 

They need to know about these shady players in the subprime crisis and Obama's close relation to them, and why the market is better than Marxism, because that will be the way we crack the wall.  As long as Obama maintains control of the economy as an issue, it'll be next to impossible to win.  Once we can at least partially take it from him, then connections to people Ayers and Rezko will start mattering, and issues like Life, the Second Amendment, defense, military policy, personal character and other issues start mattering.  We're also going to have to act as enforcers and keep any quisling GOPers from acting as useful idiots and playing the race card for an approving media and Beltway...looking at you, Frum, Parker and Dreher.

We're going to have to be reporters and our own media too.  We used to be able to shame the media into reporting things.  Not anymore. they've flipped the switch and are now Pravda USA.  The importance of spreading information by word of mouth cannot be understated.  Volunteer for the McCain campaign and/or down ticket people if you can.  Have links written down or printed somewhere or bookmarked to hand off or send to people. No reason we can't reverse the current course, but it won't be easy.

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