Just So’s You Know…

…not all the contributors here are willing to write Palin off.

I respect geoff more than words can say, and ND is a powerhouse, but I think I have to respectfully disagree.

It seems to me that it was seriously intended that people of good character and strong principle would stand for office here in the republic. While it is reasonable to expect that these candidates should be able to speak intelligently about the issues that they will face if elected, policy is only part of the picture. For the Framers to establish the government they did, they necessarily understood that it meant that our elected officials would not be drawn from the same class or group of “experts”. They understood that if it was going to work, than it wasn’t always going to be led by leaders of such stature as they; it is implicit in the lack of such qualifications for the offices set forth in the Constitution. They didn’t say that the candidate must have attended a certain school, or be from a certain professional background. Age, and in the case of the President, a natural-born citizen. That’s it.

Either by habit, or by subtle design, it seems to me that we have fallen into the pattern of only looking to either candidates with the “right” pedigree for a leader (such as an Ivy League education) or some sort of “policy” expertise or professional background, that by its very nature, hampers flexibility and a fresh approach to issues, because the candidate starts any analysis with the premises that have already been in use for decades inside the beltway. These premises tend to all lead to the same place, with the traditional distinction being either the fast track to ruin, or a slower path to the same destination, based on which lever you pull in the voting booth. I am at a loss to understand why this is acceptable. We wouldn’t accept this in any other part of American life.

New technologies and new advances come because we accept the input from people in different settings and walks of life, and the different backgrounds and the fresh perspectives are what drive ingenuity. So why do we accept the limits that others would place on us, by telling us that this woman is too dumb, or too inexperienced, or too provincial to possibly perform the duties of President? If these were legitimate limits, than Abe Lincoln would have been an impossibly irredeemable candidate, and while he did some things that do not set well with me as a lawyer or a Constitutional scholar, I don’t see how that takes away from his character or leadership ability. Was he polarizing? Yes. Was his candidacy divisive? Hell yes. But he refused to let others define him, and I see that in Governor Palin, as well. What ever definition the media places on her, it is the consumer who decides if that means anything.

In my short life, I have never seen any political figure treated the way she has been. And I have never witnessed anyone so relentlessly pursued in private life. And it seems to me that it isn’t because they want us to pick her because they think they can beat her. I think it is because she is the opposite of everything they hold dear, and they know it, and that she represents the best chance we will have in a long time to break their hold on power.

There is a real opportunity here. For the first time, maybe in years, we, the poor saps who actually cast the votes, have the chance to actually vote for character and conservatism as a clear alternative to a mediocre candidate with all the right credentials and all the same answers that have been applied before. It requires us to have the courage to vote for that candidate, rather than seeking the safe choice with the candidate who is ‘electible’. ‘Electible’ means someone who fits someone else’s criteria, and not our own. Yes, you might get that coveted “w” in the column on election day, but that is playing checkers against opponents who are playing chess. They’ll sacrifice pawns, if it helps to get them to the greater goal. (see Clinton, Hillary.) I think the fact that a community organizer with two (TWO!) biographies by 40 and a paper-thin resume’ and history of voting “present” in the White House is evidence of that.

I don’t want regimented thinking in the Oval Office anymore. I don’t want any more Ivy League lawyers who believe that nothing is beyond their expertise. I want someone who has integrity. I want someone who doesn’t shy away from a fight, and refuses to have other people tell them HOW to think. I want someone who is willing to lead not one segment of society, but our entire nation. If Sarah is the best candidate to do this, then she gets my vote, but I’ll be damned if I’m going to just let the self-appointed cognoscenti decide for me, nor am I willing to let myself be bullied by the self-appointed deciders on our side of the aisle either.

Just a Reminder…..

Another Liberal Meme Bites The Dust

A man behind bars in Michigan stands accused of plotting to blow up a Metro Detroit mosque.

Roger Stockham, 63, who flew 600 combat helicopter missions in Vietnam, is behind bars in Michigan after he drove from his home in California last week and parked a car with a trunk full of explosives outside the Islamic Center of America, authorities said.

Acting on a tip, Dearborn police thwarted the alleged plot by arresting Stockham outside the sprawling religious center, one of the largest mosques in North America. At the time, 500 members were attending a funeral at the mosque.

•He’s  white.

•He’s 63 year old.

•He’s a decorated Army veteran.

Case closed.

Anti- Muslim tea-bagger, right? Mission accomplished, Beck, Limbaugh, Palin and Hannity, right?

OOOOPS!….not so fast:

According to federal records, Stockham pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity to federal charges stemming from the case in Vermont in 2004. That included threatening the president, mailing threatening communications, threatening by use of the telephone to use explosives, and threatening witnesses.

A psychiatric examination found that Stockham suffered from bipolar disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder and personality disorder with anti-social features.

In the Vermont incident, he told authorities at the time of his arrest at a Veterans Affairs Department complex in Colchester that his minivan was full of explosives. A search found no explosives.

Before the arrest, Stockham called a local paper twice to say he was going to explode bombs in the neighborhood. In one call, he identified himself as “Hem Ahadin,” saying he was “a local Muslim terrorist on a roll.”

He ranted against the VA, the FBI and Bush, largely because of the things the president had said about Iraq in a speech earlier in the week.

According to affidavit filed in U.S. District Court, Stockham threatened to carry out “jihad,” or holy war, against the VA office in White River, Vt.

Ah- so he’s another deranged lefty and possible Muslim convert, emphasis on deranged.

In recent weeks, a California VFW post was in the process of removing Stockham as a member after several recent incidents, said a post official.

Four months ago, Stockham was suspended for 60 days for smoking marijuana at Post 5477 in Imperial Beach, said Richard Schmitz, co-chairman of the post’s house committee.

After he returned from suspension, Stockham referred to the black post commander with a racial slur, said Schmitz.

Schmitz, who has known Stockham for four years, described him as a loner who, though he appeared at the post frequently, rarely socialized with other members.

“He’s a nut,” said Schmitz. “He flipped out lately.”

And lefty bloggers had such high hopes…

Think Progress reacted by playing up some rare examples of anti-Muslim hate crimes, and ending with dark hints that anti-Muslim rhetoric may have  influenced Stockham’s actions, naming NY Congressman, Peter King specifically:

And while there’s no indication that Stockham was influenced by any political figure or faction, his actions are by no means isolated. As more and morepundits and politiciansencourage paranoia and vilifyMuslimAmericans rather than responsibly speaking out against it, they cultivate an Islamophobic atmosphere of hate that make incidents like this more likely. After all, with the House Homeland Security Committee Chairman Peter King (R-NY) preaching that “80 percent of mosques in this country are controlled by radical Imams,” it seems only a matter of time before someone like Stockham offers a “radical” solution.

First comment:

Congratulations Beck, Limbaugh, Palin, Hannity, etc.
You are finally getting idiots like this to carry out your message.

LOL. Because Beck, Limbaugh, Palin, Hannity, etc. are so known for encouraging listeners to threaten President Bush’s life. No? It was the left who did that, you say?

TPM Muckraker also played up anti Muslim hate crimes angle (did I mention how rare these are compared to other types of hate crimes) and linked the plot to anti-Muslim  rhetoric:

The Islamic Center of America, said Walid, is the largest mosque in North America. It has faced threats in the past. In 2004, two New York men sent threatening e-mails to the mosque. They were both charged with violating 18 U.S.C. 247, which makes it a crime to “intentionally obstruct[ ], by force or threat of force, any person in the enjoyment of that person’s free exercise of religious beliefs, or attempt[ ] to do so,” and plead guilty in 2005. The mosque was also vandalized when someone wrote “9/11 Terrorists Go Home” on the side of the building around 2007, Walid said.

Walid said that he thinks that anti-Muslim rhetoric played a role in the incident.

“I believe it is a mixture of the two, between a person being mentally unstable within a society context of a lot of anti-Muslim rhetoric floating around. People can be on the edge and when they’re exposed to enough negative information about a group of people… it may be enough to push them over the edge,” Walid said.

Except it turns out that  that Stockham (or Hem Ahadin, as he likes to be called) apparently considered himself   some sort of Muslim terrorist, which of course doesn’t explain why he would target a mosque.

The whole thing is just weird.

But I’m gonna go out on a limb here, and say it’s doubtful that Beck, Limbaugh, Palin, Hannity, and Peter King had anything to do with it.

See also:

The BlogProf: Doesn’t fit the narrative: CA man arrested for explosives in front of Dearborn mosque served time for threatening President Bush. He was Bill Ayers, not Tea Party

The Blaze: Unfair Tease? CNN Ties George W. Bush to Attempted Mosque Bomber


Maybe TPM and Think Progress could show some intellectual honesty for a change and police their own side where the real hateful and dangerous rhetoric resides:

Michelle Malkin: Civility Watch: “Time for assassination” anti-Tea Party/Fox News/Beck/Hannity/Malkin rap


Another one!:

Susan Swift at Big Journalism reports: Make-Believe Media Ignores Jared Lee Loughner Wannabe

Hat tip: Weasel Zippers

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25 Obama Radicals Arrested At Soros Funded Anti-Koch Bros Rally

First, here are some scenes from the Soros- funded anti-Koch rally in California, last weekend:

The Blaze reports:

Twenty-five people were arrested for trespassing Sunday as hundreds protested outside a strategy session of conservative political donors hosted by brothers David and Charles Koch at a resort near Palm Springs, CA authorities said.

The demonstration had been arranged with authorities, but some protesters crossed the street to the entrance of the Rancho Las Palmas Resort where they were met by deputies in riot gear, Riverside County Deputy Melissa Nieburger said. They were arrested without a struggle, booked at Indio Jail, and released.

According to Reuters, the rally was organized by the liberal group Common Cause, an anti-conservative group that charges the Koch brothers of influencing politics with their money. It was also sponsored by the leftist group  Code Pink, whose founder Jodie Evans was reportedly one of those arrested. Trumpeting the message of those groups, rally speakers accused the brothers of being “anarchists with a checkbook”.

George Soros and a branch of the Tides Foundation are listed as donors in the most recent annual report listed on Common Cause’s website.

Can you imagine how the MSM would react if 25 tea partiers had been arrested at one of their rallies? This isn’t getting much media play, at all. Is anyone outside of the blogosphere even covering it? The Democrats do not want to be linked to their most extreme elements. The MSM is happy to oblige.

Now for the Obama connection: Big Government reports  Occidental College professor Peter Dreier, who served on the Obama campaign’s urban policy task force and as an adviser to ACORN, used his position with the university to recruit activists to protest the Koch Bros’ meeting:

He also encourages people to attend a panel discussion before the protest featuring, among others, UC Irvine Law Dean Erwin Chemerinsky, U.C. Berekely Professor and former Obama adviser Robert Reich, and Van Jones.

The top activists on the left aren’t just confined to Soros-backed fringe groups like Code Pink or Media Matters; they’re often the professors we pay thousands to teach our children.  And it’s from their perch atop the ivory towers of academia that they recruit and reeducate the next crop of activists.

Timothy P. Varney, Senior Political Editor at the Washington Examiner, writes:

…while Soros money and Koch money are superficially equivalent, there’s a crucial distinction. If we take both sides at their word, Soros and other liberal donors spend in order to impose their preferences on others while the Kochs and other free-market donors spend in an effort to be left alone to buy and sell with willing parties.

The moral difference is this: Only one side is trying to compel others to conform to its preferences.

Consider how each side profits from its favored policies: The Kochs benefit if government takes less of their profit. To be sure, they could pocket the difference and not make charitable contributions to the poor. In moral terms, that would be selfish or just plain greedy.

Soros and his wealthy supporters profit from the government taxing or threatening to tax the children of a business owner. That’s the moral equivalent of mugging.

See also:

The Other McCain: Van Jones and Other Marxist Scum Protest Koch Brothers’ Meeting

Hat tip: Gateway Pundit


Worst Tweet… In The World!!!

Cagle Cartoon via Doug Ross

If you were wondering what Olby’s  been up to now that he has so much time on his hands, Newsbusters is there for you: Olbermann Bashes Vietnam Vet’s Letter to the Editor About Him:

The object of Olbermann’s disaffection was one Ed Driscoll who was quite pleased by the former “Countdown” host’s departure from MSNBC:

I participated in more than 10 combat missions in Vietnam, so I know a mission is not a war. Someone should have told that to Olbermann, as he demonstrated his ignorance by equating the two for years on his show.

He would end by saying it has been so many days since President Bush declared “Mission Accomplished’’ in Iraq. Bush never said that. Olbermann was referring to a sign on an aircraft carrier that said “Mission Accomplished.’’ The president declared an end to major combat operations, and therefore the aircraft carrier was headed home.

In Bush’s speech, he said that much work has yet to be done. The sign was for the brave people who had completed their mission.

Olbermann can take the money and run. I don’t care where.

Mr. Driscoll’s letter was short and to the point. And it very effectively eviscerated one of the left’s favorite talking points about George W. Bush. Why a megalomaniac like Olbermann would want to draw attention to it on Twitter is anyone’s guess, but it was retweeted over a 100 times by his brain-dead followers so I guess he knows his fans well.

As Newsbuster’s Noel Sheppard concludes, “pretty sad, isn’t it?”

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A Challenge to Sarah Palin’s Advocates

Here’s the real problem, Palin advocates. NiceDeb says she’s wondering whether Palin is truly electable: her fans are passionate, but so are her critics. Can she tip the balance?

Not without full-fledged support from the conservative base, she can’t. And she doesn’t have it yet. For instance, she doesn’t have my support. As I mentioned in the thread below, I like a lot of things about Sarah Palin. But I’m not convinced that she’s Presidential material, particularly with regard to her grasp of policy.

So, here’s your challenge. Convince me. Explain to me why she is in fact a qualified candidate for President – why her understanding of policy is strong and coherent, and why her vision for America is practical and promising. Or, if you’d rather, explain why it doesn’t matter. But don’t waste your time talking about how:

  • “She’s the only real conservative”
  • “She’s genuine and a straight shooter”
  • “She’s tough and strong”
  • “She gets things done”

I already know and appreciate these things. My concern lies with her handle on policy. I’ll give you an example.

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Your Sunday Hymn:Adoremus in Aeternum

Adoremus in Aeternum is a beautiful hymn of Benediction for the Blessed Sacrament:

“We will adore for eternity the most holy Sacrament.
Praise the Lord, all ye nations: praise Him all ye peoples.
Because his mercy is confirmed upon us:
and the truth of the Lord remains forever.
Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Ghost:
As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.
We will adore for eternity the most holy Sacrament.
Praise the Lord, all ye nations: praise Him all ye peoples.”

Adoremus in aeternum Sanctissimum Sacramentum.
Laudate Dominum Omnes Gentes
Laudate Eum Omnes Populi
Quoniam confirmata est super nos misericordia eius
Et veritas Domini manet in aeternum.
Gloria Patri Et Filio et Spiritui Sancto
Sicut erat in Principio et Nunc et Semper et in saecula saeculorum. Amen.
Adoremus in aeternum Sanctissimum Sacramentum.




I think Darleen nailed it:

Sorry I haven’t posted anything on the Muslim uprisings in Egypt and elsewhere. I’m on the road, this weekend.
Here are some quick links from around the blogosphere on the latest:
Some choice snarkage and a good round-up of today’s events from RD Brewer at Ace of Apades HQ: If Only Mubarak Had Invested In High-Speed Rail

Muslim Brotherhood Group CAIR on FOX Pushing for Overthrow in Egypt

Jihad Watch: “Mubarak has been very dedicated to Israeli security more even than to his own people’s security or the national interests”

Iranian leaders hoping for Islamic republic in Egypt

ElBaradei: “If the regime does not step down, the people’s Intifada will continue”

Pakistan: Women demonstrate in favor of blaphemy law

We want freedom for the hijab, the niqab and the beard”: Islamic supremacists demonstrate in Tunisia

So sad>>>Phyllis Chesler: The Steady Erosion of Women’s Rights in Egypt: A Photographic Story

Legal Insurrection: Media Matters: Egypt Erupts, So Let’s Blame …The Israel Lobby!

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Aw: MSNBC’s Ed Schmultz Ordered To Drop “Psycho Talk” Segment (Video)

No doubt regular viewers are wailing and gnashing their teeth over this egregious affront to the 1st Amendment:

(Daily Caller) — MSNBC host Ed Schultz announced Thursday on his radio show that his “Psycho Talk” segment had been discontinued by MSNBC executives.

“I work for somebody,” said Schultz. “I don’t call all the shots.”

Following the abrupt departure of Keith Olbermann from the network, Schultz’s show on MSNBC was moved from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.

I’m sure this decision had nothing to do with Comcast taking over MSNBC….

“There’s probably people in positions that are a helluva lot smarter than I am and have decided that that’s what the way it’s going to be,” Schultz said in an uncharacteristically servile response to the decision.

You know what’s a scary thought? If Schultz has the IQ of a grapefruit, how mentally challenged would his audience have to be? I don’t want to think about it.

Schultz said on January 11, following the Tucson shooting:

“As long as they open their mouths over there on the right, we will continue to have the segment called ‘Psycho Talk,’” said Schultz.

Or not.

Here’s his “Psycho Talk” segment posted on YouTube, January 12, if you have the stomach for it.

It continues to amuse me that the left allows this buffoon to be one of their standard bearers.

Hat tip: Weasel Zippers

The Palin Conundrum

The question being debated in my Sarah Palin’s WTF Moment thread: Can she do it? Can Sarah Palin somehow be able to go over the heads of the MSM, (a la Reagan) and win over the fickle independents, many of whom believe the media narrative that she’s a dangerous loose cannon, and a ditz?

The answer: I don’t know. Before Mike Pence bowed out, I was hoping she would spare herself (and us) the spectacle of what will turn out to be all-out bloody warfare between herself and the left, the media (but I repeat myself), and the elites within our own party.

Commenters, trying to talk me into a Palin candidacy have been making some great points.

Saber says Palin is the woman for this epic battle:

Sarah is Sarah and Ive known her for years and my wife is friends with her in Alaska. You folks are dealing with something that America has not seen in many years, a true patriot and a woman who grew up on the frontier. She is more then a master of a pithy soundbite, she is a master of Blood sports and she tells the WHOLE truth and to those who have wallowed in the world of PC induced socialism her words sound harsh. Wake up before we do not have a country for yourselves to be nice in. Look around you, who excites the American people, who does the heartland love, who is the left afraid of most…Sarah Palin.

Quinn says:

We’ve been pointing out that any actual conservative in her shoes will get demonized to hell and back by the media. You say you already know this. Okay, great.

But the difference is, 99% of the time when the media does this – it works. And it works -completely-. The conservative in question simply disappears off the face of the earth one way or another. Remember Fred “no fire in the belly!” Thompson? He would’ve been a freaking magnificent President. And can you think of anyone with -less- “fire in the belly” than the candidate we wound up with? Doesn’t matter. The media began the meme, even conservatives fell for it, and now…. when was the last time you heard from Fred?

You think their campaign against Sarah has been too successful for her to run. I think it’s exactly the opposite – they’ve thrown EVERYTHING they have at her – really, what else could they do? – and she’s still in a very solid position, with a large base of very devoted fans. That’s remarkable. And add to that that the left’s attacks on her have now gotten so over the top (which they won’t need to be with other conservatives) that it really -is- turning a lot of people off to the left and getting her a fair amount of sympathy. That’s also invaluable. Nominate her, and the left will implode in its attacks on her by revolting everyone with their mysoginistic dripping hate. THAT’S what’ll get the independents to either vote for her or stay home.

So, in summary: You seem to think Sarah is “damaged goods”, that the damage she’s taken has been too great. I think it’s the opposite – she’s endured the left’s savagery better than anyone else I can think of possibly could. Save maybe Reagan, and when you find another one of him, we can discuss this again, but until then – she’s easily the most resilient conservative we’ve got. ANY other real conservative you can think of will be completely destroyed in the minds of everyone before they’ve suffered 10% of the venom she’s taken.

My response:

Quinn, you mentioned some of the powerful plus sides of a Palin candidacy that I fully agree with.

She has “fire in the belly”. She doesn’t shrink from a fight – in fact she seems to relish it. And yes, they have thrown everything but the kitchen sink at her, and she’s still standing. If 1/3 of the guys in congress had her guts we’d be in a much better position, today. (I had this very same conversation with Smitty, last year at CPAC).

Did you see Eric Cantor shrink when grilled about the “birther” issue last Sunday on Meet the Press? Heaven help us. Palin took an amazing amount of heat for answering the question honestly in Dec, 2009, (if you have time do click on link and read the comments – very entertaining-ed.) when it was much more un-PC to talk about it. Now, even Tingles is asking about it, and these guys still can’t find the stones to deal with it.

Pawlenty couldn’t even “stand up” to defend Palin against the vicious Tucson smears when asked about her cross-hairs map. He’s another one off my short list. Republicans need to man up and recognize when the media is engaging in pack behavior, and call them out on it. Aren’t there any strategists in DC who know how to handle the media? Total stoneless wimp submission to the BS isn’t a winning strategy.

The thing is, I’m looking at the handwriting on the wall, and thinking she’s sustained too many hits to be viable at this point.

If you can explain to me how she wins over the middle, most of whom appear to be back in Obama’s camp, I will change my mind. I understand these people are fickle. Many of them won’t make up their minds until they’re in the voters booth.

Sarah Palin said she would jump in if she thought there was a need – meaning there were no conservative fighters in the mix.

With Pence out, that just may be the case. Herman Cain is a fighter, but unfortunately he has never held elective office and that would be a negative for a lot of people.

So it may just come down to Palin. Which is why she should listen to my advice. Don’t give the Jackals scraps to feast on. (And please stop saying “lamestream media”!) That, I can guaran-damn-tee you turns a lot of people off.

The danger is the undecideds who may have some sympathy for her will grow so tired of it, they will decide to vote for Obama to avoid more drama.

Lily links to this American Thinker piece by JR Dunn.

In it, he discusses how the left has been using the same tactics they’re using against Sarah Palin for over 60 years:

When liberalism mutated into an ideology in the wake of the New Deal, it also adapted the “enemies” mindset of its model ideologies, fascism and communism. No longer was politics the grand democratic game. Opponents of liberalism were enemies of progress, of justice, and of the People, deserving no consideration or mercy. The old rules of decorum and civility went out the window, replaced with any below-the-belt move that worked.

He lists victims from Joe McCarthy to the present time. Another must read article on this theme comes from Jack Cashill at The American Thinker: Sarah Palin and the Legacy of Republican ‘Idiocy’.

Dunn suggests how Palin can rise above the attacks:

Until recently, Sarah Palin hewed closely to the Reagan method, dismissing attacks with a joke and a smile (even when such slanders were aimed at her disabled infant child, a display of personal strength that would inspire anyone not blinded by ideology). She needs to return to that method. She need not comment on attacks of this level. She has no deep personal flaws such as Nixon’s neuroticism or Gingrich’s egotism, and she will not experience any similar downfall.

Palin also has something else, something not possessed by previous targets. She has a following. All previous figures had their admirers, and Reagan led a movement. But none had or has what Palin has — a large group of people who look up to her, who view her as an example and a role model, who bleed when she bleeds and hurt when she hurts. It is those people who should be left to handle Palin’s attackers.

We conservative bloggers don’t mind getting a little dirty fighting these swine, but she really needs to remain above the fray.

The new technologies, together with the political will embodied in the Tea Parties, offer us a means of breaking this squalid liberal tactic and restoring a sense of balance to the political debate. It is never a good thing when a political party has access to non-political means to achieve its goals. The liberal Democrats have been abusing their exclusive access to media for close to sixty years. It’s past time they were pulled up short.

And I respond:

Lily, JR Dunn has his finger on the essence of the problem – the media.

Now the question is – between now and the election, can conservative activists go over the heads of the MSM and somehow reach those people who don’t pay much attention to politics..Those folks who believe what they’re spoonfed by the MSM. That’s the stumbling block…that’s the thing I don’t know how we do.

I’m trying to think within the framework of what is currently possible.

And that’s where we’re at. We have from now until election season to figure out how to undo the media narrative that has already hurt her in the eyes of too many, and to somehow win the info wars in the months to come.

And she also needs to win over elites within our own party who don’t think she has “gravitas”.

I welcome your ideas.

Matt says:

Imagine Katie Couric’s face on a billboard, with a line like ” Is she biased? ……Who does she vote for?” If we take the fight to the media figures and CAN expose them as untrustworthy conduits of information, would this be an effective strategy? What if it had a website at bottom of each billboard with excellent links to videos demonstrating their bias….this would have to be extremely professional and well documented….

You can vote for your preferred candidate in a poll this morning at AoSHQ.


Smitty, who I referenced above as having discussed a Palin run with me at CPAC last year, took the pro-Palin position at the time, in fact made many of the same arguments Quinn made, yesterday.

Today, over at The Other McCain, he says:

Tim Pawlenty totally merits consideration. Sarah fan though I am, the Left continues to pile up the negatives on her and poison the well. Sure, it’s intellectually dishonest, and we’ll support her as far as she decides to go, but there it is. The lying bastards who go on about ‘fairness’ are themselves the least fair of the lot. Did Shakespeare predict her coming triumph? I don’t think so, either, but maybe the Bard knew something we do not.
In contrasting Sarah to Tim, I’m deeply respectful of both people for their courageous stands in the face of dishonest opposition. Pawlenty’s book recalled the bridge collapse in Minneapolis, and the media frenzy to connect conservative policy to the tragedy. Maybe Sarah and Tim can flip a coin to see who occupies the upper portion of the ticket.

I guess Smitty can join me among the ranks of those who are no longer “true conservatives”.

As for Pawlenty, I’m willing to take another look at him. I probably shouldn’t be judging him so harshly based on his weak responses to the MSM, re Palin. But it did seem like a disturbing harbinger to me.

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WTF v.s. STFU: Which is Worse?

Sure,Tingles’ hypocrisy goes into overdrive, here…

But this is what I mean by “giving them ammo”— just listen to the tut-tut-tutting:

And now Palin’s language gets to be compared to that low-life dirt-bag, Alan Grayson’s.


Sarah Palin’s WTF Moment

Sarah Palin is making headlines today for the WTF pun she made on the Greta Van Susteren Show, last night:

Her comment was spot on, especially as it refers to Obama’s contention that we have to “make sure we aren’t buried under a mountain of debt.”

Is he trying to convince people that we aren’t already buried under a mountain of debt? WTF, indeed.

It was a good one. I wish I had thought of it, myself.

But when I think of it in terms of her status as a potential candidate for President —I cringe. When I hear her say “lamestream media” as a potential candidate for President —I cringe. When I think of her starring in her own reality t.v. show as a potential candidate for President —I cringe. All of those things, in and of themselves, are fine. More power to her. But I have to ask myself —Are those things Presidential?

Her enemies at Media Matters, Huffington Post, ABC, the Washington Post, USA Today, Politico and more have jumped on the WTF story. Commenters are attacking her for her “incivility”.

Obviously, Palin haters are going to attack her no matter what she says or does. But if she’s serious about running for President, she shouldn’t be giving them the ammo.


Hot Air: Palin up $1.3 mil in PAC filing – but no expansion into 2011

The will she or won’t she? question continues at Politico, where Andy Barr reports on SarahPAC’s FEC financial disclosure yesterday. The PAC finished 2010 in good shape, with $1.3 million in the bank and no debt after spending more than $2.6 million during the midterm campaign. But absent from the report are any indications of the kind of expansion usually seen with candidates preparing for an electoral campaign.

I wish she had run for RNC Chair. I think she would have made a glorious RNC Chair.


Sister Toldjah: I thought she was supposed to be just a dumb chillbilly?

Linked by Michelle Malkin in Buzzworthy, thanks!

The CBO Doesn’t Like Government

“Social Security is fully funded for the next 40 years. It’s not in crisis…This is something that is perpetuated by people who don’t like government”, Harry Reid told David Gregory a couple of weeks ago:

Well, if you can believe it, the CBO is saying today, that Social Security will begin running permanent deficits this year, not 2016.

The Congressional Budget Office said Wednesday that Social Security will pay out $45 billion more in benefits this year than it will collect in payroll taxes, further straining the nation’s finances. The deficits will continue until the Social Security trust funds are eventually drained, in about 2037.

Previously, CBO said Social Security would start running permanent deficits in 2016. In the short term, Social Security is suffering from a weak economy that has payroll taxes lagging and applications for benefits rising. In the long term, Social Security will be strained by the growing number of baby boomers retiring and applying for benefits.

Maybe what Reid meant to say was that Social Security was fully funded for the next 40 days.

Ed Morrissey continues:

This isn’t the only horrible news in the report by a longshot, either. CBO’s projected deficit for this year is a cool $1.5 trillion or 9.8 percent of GDP, which is just two-tenths of one percent less than last year’s all-time budget-buster. And there’s not much revenue relief coming from new jobs: CBO expects that unemployment will remain above eight percent through 2012 and won’t get back to a historic norm of 5-6 percent or so until 2016. This ship has already started to sink, in other words, and yet Captain Hope chose to use his annual megaphone last night to talk about stuff like high-speed rail

See also Gateway Pundit, who reminds us: In 2006 Dems Cheered When They Blocked Social Security Reform – Now It’s Running in the Red

Investor Marc Faber on Bloomberg:Obama’s Doing A Horrible Job And He’s Dishonest

Geez dude…tell us what you really think…

Folks, this is what foreigners really think of Obama. As hated as President Bush supposedly was, he was at least respected.

Faber says “we foreigners just laugh…we just laugh  about someone like Obama”. I was very critical of Mr. Bush , but at least he had one line, and he stuck to his line. He set out to do a thing, and was relatively straight on that thing that he did…He may have been wrong…and I criticized him very frequently, but at least he didn’t change himself continuously, and he didn’t prostitute himself.”

In other words. At least Bush was honest.

There are shorter versions of this on Youtube but I took the extended one because his economic analysis is worth listening to, too. The political stuff comes at the very beginning.

Hat tip: Gateway Pundit



Wednesday’s Hero: Cpl Jason A. Karella

Cpl. Jason A. Karella

Cpl. Jason A. Karella
20 years old from Anchorage, Alaska
2nd Battalion, 7th Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division, I Marine Expeditionary Force
October 9, 2008

Cpl. Jason A. Karella died supporting combat operations in the Farah province of Afghanistan when the Humvee he was riding in rolled over. He had given up his, as his Father described “best seat in the armored Humvee” to the turret gunner who wasn’t feeling well that day.

“My son was proud of what he stood for,” said his father, Kevin. “He had a fiancee named Beth and he said to me, ‘Dad, I don’t have to worry about Beth getting blown up in a market over there because we’re keeping them busy here.'”

Karella grew up in a strong military family, with his father a former chief warrant officer in the Army, and his brother Josh also having served in Iraq.

Marines recognized Karella for his incredible strength, which he used to carry large amounts of ammunition with him in the battlefield. They referred to him as “the walking ammo supply point” and “the walking arsenal.” Well-respected among his peers, he was awaiting a promotion to Sergeant at the time of his death.

This page has a nice background piece on Cpl. Karell.

Information Was Found On And Copied From MilitaryCity.com

These brave men and women sacrifice so much in their lives so that others may enjoy the freedoms we get to enjoy everyday. For that, I am proud to call them Hero.
We Should Not Only Mourn These Men And Women Who Died, We Should Also Thank God That Such People Lived

This post is part of the Wednesday Hero Blogroll. For more information about Wednesday Hero, or if you would like to post it on your site, you can go here.

Cpl. Jason A. Karella died supporting combat operations in the Farah province of Afghanistan when the Humvee he was riding in rolled over. He had given up his, as his Father described “best seat in the armored Humvee” to the turret gunner who wasn’t feeling well that day.

“My son was proud of what he stood for,” said his father, Kevin. “He had a fiancee named Beth and he said to me, ‘Dad, I don’t have to worry about Beth getting blown up in a market over there because we’re keeping them busy here.'”

Karella grew up in a strong military family, with his father a former chief warrant officer in the Army, and his brother Josh also having served in Iraq.

Marines recognized Karella for his incredible strength, which he used to carry large amounts of ammunition with him in the battlefield. They referred to him as “the walking ammo supply point” and “the walking arsenal.” Well-respected among his peers, he was awaiting a promotion to Sergeant at the time of his death.

This page has a nice background piece on Cpl. Karell.

Information Was Found On And Copied From MilitaryCity.com

These brave men and women sacrifice so much in their lives so that others may enjoy the freedoms we get to enjoy everyday. For that, I am proud to call them Hero.
We Should Not Only Mourn These Men And Women Who Died, We Should Also Thank God That Such People Lived

This post is part of the Wednesday Hero Blogroll. For more information about Wednesday Hero, or if you would like to post it on your site, you can go here.

Post by Christopher Lee, Right Wing and Right Minded.

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