Heartache For Code Pink: “Elections Have sabotaged Our Peace Actions”

Poor Code Pink. Despite the outlandish outfits, they’re having trouble getting the attention they so crave:

These are hard times for peace activists. Despite CodePink’s flashy costumes and willingness to disrupt campaign events and congressional hearings — sometimes facing arrest for it — the women are finding it more difficult to maintain public attention on the Iraq war.

Americans are now focused more on the gasoline prices they’re paying, declining values of their homes and other economic issues. The ups and downs in a highly contested presidential election also have edged Iraq off the front page and evening newscasts most days.

Another fun fact that might have something to do with it: WE WON.

A Code Pinko bemoans the sad state of affairs:

“We do feel to some extent that these elections have sabotaged our peace actions and messaging because … the media is completely focused on the two candidates,” said CodePink activist Liz Hourican, who moved here from Arizona a year and a half ago to devote her time to ending the war. “It’s a lot more challenging.”

I can see how that would be. It’s an election season, victory has all but been officially declared in Iraq, and the Code Pinkos increasingly look like the unhinged moonbats they are, to average Americans.

Looks like the MSM has finally kicked them to the curb, where they always belonged.


Uh Oh: Evangelical Pastor backs Out Of DNC Opening Prayer

Well ain’t that just a kick in the pants:

It was a coup for Democrats: An emerging young evangelical voice, a registered Republican no less, accepted their invitation to deliver a prayer at next week’s Democratic National Convention.

But Cameron Strang, the 32-year-old editor of edgy and hip Relevant Magazine, had second thoughts and pulled out of delivering the benediction on the convention’s first night, Monday. Citing fears that his bridge-building gesture would be wrongly construed as an endorsement, Strang said he instead hopes to take a lower-profile role, participating in a convention caucus meeting on religion later in the week.

How awkward. I wonder if Obama’s abysmal performance at the Saddleback Faith Forum, and his horrendous position on abortion/infaniticide also had a hand in his decision. One can only speculate. But Strang wrote this in his report about the Saddleback Forum on August 18:

When asked by Warren, “At what point does a baby get human rights, in your view?” Obama replied, “Whether you are looking at it from a theological perspective or a scientific perspective, answering that question with specificity, you know, is above my pay grade.” My comment: It’s funny that it’s not above his pay grade to strongly back a woman’s right for an abortion or to support the Freedom of Choice Act, a law which, if passed, would annihilate every state law limiting or regulating abortion, including the federal ban on partial birth abortion.

Obama obviously wants and probably needs evangelical votes in November, so he said at Saddleback that he respects those who believe life begins at conception. At least he isn’t trying to argue he’s right! But from my viewpoint, he probably didn’t win anyone over who didn’t also vote for John Kerry in 2004 or Al Gore in 2000.

And this:

Obama was charming, as everyone knows he can be. He was funny, and on some things, such as his own faith, he said the right things about following Jesus. However, at Saddleback he left out a little detail that he mentions in one of his books and that he declared at the meeting where I met him in June in Chicago–that he basically believes all roads lead to heaven. What he described is universalism, which to evangelicals is heresy.

I suspect there were those in the audience who wanted to find a reason to rationalize voting for Obama. But unless they were blind and deaf and their minds were totally made up, they didn’t hear reasons at Saddleback why a Bible-believer can in good conscious vote for Obama.

Ouch. One could also suspect that this Pastor didn’t find a reason to rationalize appearing at Obama’s Convention.

Obama’s presidential campaign is still aggressively courting the young evangelical vote. He has another Republican Evangelical slated for the convention’s closing prayer:

Making a prime-time appearance Thursday night will be Joel C. Hunter, a Florida megachurch pastor, who will deliver the convention’s closing prayer after Obama’s speech accepting the party’s presidential nomination.

Hunter is a registered Republican, opposes abortion and, at one point, had been chosen to lead the Christian Coalition. He has not endorsed Obama and says he agreed to give the benediction because he was asked to do so. For years, he has pushed for evangelicals to not align themselves with a political party and has been a part of new evangelical movement, which is interested in getting away from traditional culture-war flashpoints.

Hmmm…I wonder if Hunter will follow Strang’s lead?

Hat tip: Gateway Pundit

UPDATE (August 24):

Meanwhile via Gateway Pundit, again:

Shocking news, or not?
There is a huge controversy brewing about the DNC inviting Ingrid Mattson, the head of the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA), who is a keynoter at tomorrow’s DNC “interfaith event”.

Gates of Vienna researched this controversial Islamic figure and uses Dr. Mattson’s own words to reveal exactly who she is.

Obama/Biden: A Barrel Of Gaffes

Now that CNN has confirmed that Biden is Obama’s VP pick (so much for the texting), the right-wing blogosphere is jumping for joy. (Smug and Plugs photo, here)

This should be good, folks. Both guys are known for their arrogance, verbosity, and tendency towards gaffes, which will make for a very entertaining couple of months.

Here’s a list of Obama’s gaffes, (in dire need of some updates).

Obama Gaffes on video:

Here are some of Biden’s on video.

These two together should exude all the warmth and charm of an enlarged prostate.

UPDATE:

The McCain camp responds to the news:

“There has been no harsher critic of Barack Obama’s lack of
experience than Joe Biden,” said McCain spokesman Ben Porritt. “Biden has denounced Barack Obama’s poor foreign policy judgment and has strongly argued in his own words what Americans are quickly realizing — that Barack Obama is not ready to be President.”

Running against Obama for the presidency, Biden said nominating
someone without national security credentials would be a “tragic
mistake” and said that the presidency “is not something that lends
itself to on-the-job-training.”

Yeah, it’s a good thing McCain isn’t choosing Mitt Romney. The Dems would have a field day with that .

UPDATE II:

STACLU has a good round-up of blog reactions.

A running theme: Since Obama has been campaigning as someone with superior judgment on Iraq (for being against the war), it’s telling that he chooses Biden, (who voted for the war).

How can he now pummel John McCain for voting in favor of the Iraq war? That issue is now moot for him.

Jay Nordlinger weighs in at The Corner.

My thoughts exactly.

Two Debate Coaches Demonstrate How Its Not Done

As every debater knows, the art of debate entails, logic, clarity, structure, time management, style, confidence, fluency, volume, and no ad hominems.

These two fail on everything except for confidence and volume. They get an A+ for volume:

Fort Hays University Debate Coach Bill Shanahan (the ponytail) gets extra bonus points for the mooning.

No, Just kidding. Actually he’s been fired for violating the university’s faculty code of ethics.

“Professor Shanahan’s conduct falls below the standard established to protect our university, its faculty, students and alumni,” Hammond said in the news release. “As a representative of FHSU, he had a duty of care that was seriously breached by his behavior.

“If the coach of one of our athletic teams became angry and ‘mooned’ officials, student athletes and fans during a sports event, he or she would no longer be a coach at Fort Hays State University. Standards for our debate program are certainly just as high.”

I should hope so.

Hat tip: Crime Scene KC

Gun-Toting Granny Stops Thief

This is awesome:

85 year old Leda Smith came home from church on Sunday to find that her house had been broken into. She boldly went into the house to retrieve her handgun and accost the intruder.

“I saw him move by my keyboard near the wall but I just walked right on past him to the bedroom and got my gun,” Smith said, noting that she started keeping the .22-caliber revolver by her bed after a burglary at a neighboring home several weeks ago.

“I said, ‘What are you doing in my house?'” Smith said during an interview Monday with WPXI-TV, Channel 11 in Pittsburgh, a news partner with the Herald-Standard. “He just kept saying he didn’t do it.”

Smith ordered the teen to turn around and not to run and then had him pick up the telephone and dial 911.

She then ordered the boy to give her the telephone after placing the call and she told dispatchers about the intruder.

Officials from 911 stayed on the telephone with Smith as she had the boy lay facedown and spread-eagled on the floor.

Wow…I wonder if this woman have a background in law enforcement…I could see her leading a SWAT team.

“It was exciting,” Smith said of the incident. “I just hope I broke up the ring because they have been hitting a lot of places around here.”

Kudos to the gutsy Ms. Smith for a job well done.

Hat tip: Instapundit

Fox Refuses To Air Anti-Obama/Ayers Ad

What the heck? What’s the point of having good, hard hitting ads if stations aren’t going to air them?

In case you haven’t already seen it, the ad is awesome:

Sure, Obama spokesmen are calling the ad despicable, as expected…but why would a news agency have a problem with it? The truth is the truth. Did Fox give a reason for its refusal to run the ad? No. A Fox spokesman would not say why the network declined to run the ad, which was scheduled to air yesterday, and today in Michigan and Ohio.

Does Fox News really believe Obama when he says that Bill Ayers was “just a guy in the neighborhood” , just a guy he served on a board with?

Doesn’t this news agency keep up with the news?

The connection between the terrorist Ayers and Obama is fair game.

I’m disappointed in you, Fox News.

UPDATE:

Hey, Fox News says they love to hear your input:

“We Love to Hear From Our Viewers”!

Cool. Contact info here.

Let them know what you think of this.

Thanks for the idea, Joan.

UPDATE II:

An explanation:

Obama is threatening the 527 that created the ad, and pressuring TV stations not to air it.

UPDATE III:

“Coffee 260” tells me in the comment section that Fox is now running the ad, having watched it him/herself this afternoon.

I did some googling to confirm this, but haven’t been able to find anything on it, yet.

I did find that the liberal blogs are up in arms about Fox “Accidentally” airing the ad on the 22nd, which of course they had every right to do, but Fox “went against their principled stand”, the argument goes.

Only to the left would this craven decision be seen as “principled”.