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Friday, August 29, 2008

On That Experince Thing

It's all a matter of perspective, I guess. This from a liberal Democrat blogger:
I would add that Obama does not need to be arguing how important experience is. Let me also add that when Tim Kaine, who has exactly the same experience as Palin, was treated by the Media and the Dems as a serious and acceptable potential pick, it opens up charges of a double standard.
A double standard indeed. Will the Democrats go down that road?

Just What We Need

Another lying weasel running things in Richmond:

Terry McAuliffe for gov?

May God have mercy on us all.

Seems Odd

But it's the thought that counts. I guess.
Burial ground of slaves to become a memorial
By Steve Szkotak, Associated Press Writer

Richmond, Va. (AP) -- A portion of a centuries-old burial ground for slaves and freed blacks that now lies beneath a parking lot will be preserved and recognized as part of the city's effort to confront its slave-trading history.

The 50-by-250-foot section of the former "Burial Ground for Negroes" had been destined to continue as a parking lot under the ownership of Virginia Commonwealth University. (link)
"... to continue as a parking lot."

Dishonored in life; violated in death.

I don't know ...

Just Asking

Why is it, you suppose, that the mainstream press has this strange need to think of Barack Obama as being a black man? Isn't he as white as he is black? Shouldn't that be something to make note of?

I Support Detroit's Mayor

Just as I thought the impeachment proceedings against then-President Clinton were wrong (and not just because the politics of it played right into his hands), I think the effort to force Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick from office is wrong as well. And for the same reason:

The voters wanted them; the voters should/should have had to live with them. Every blessed day until their terms expire(d).

Yes, the mayor is a liar. Yes, he's a philanderer. Yes, he's a lawbreaker. Yes, he's been spending too much time in jail. But the voters made their choice. Now their noses should be rubbed in it.

Thoughts Worth Considering

From Charles Krauthammer:
Eerily missing at the Democratic convention this year were people of stature who were seriously involved at some point in Obama's life standing up to say: I know Barack Obama. I've been with Barack Obama. We've toiled/endured together. You can trust him. I do.

[W]here are the colleagues? The buddies?

The oddity of this convention is that its central figure is the ultimate self-made man, a dazzling mysterious Gatsby. The palpable apprehension is that the anointed is a stranger -- a deeply engaging, elegant, brilliant stranger with whom the Democrats had a torrid affair. Having slowly woken up, they see the ring and wonder who exactly they married last night.
"The Perfect Stranger," The Washington Post, August 29, 2008

But I Like This One

'It's Time for Us to Change America'

Is this too farfetched?

Yes. But it's still the first thing that came to mind when I saw photos of the Denver rally last night.

Denver, 2008

Nuremberg, 1934

Would that throng of adoring fans (Seig Heil! Seig Heil! Seig Heil!) be willing to march for their man? To imprison? To kill? To destroy? Makes you wonder ...

Click on the images to enlarge.
Denver photo courtesy of the Washington Times

CA Legislature Steps Up Effort To Destroy State

California Moves on Bill to Curb Sprawl and Emissions

Wait a Minute

This news must be disappointing to Mr. Obama. No matter. The New York Times is there to make him feel better:
Economic Growth Revised Higher
By Michael M. Grynbaum, The New York Times

The economy expanded at a 3.3 percent rate from April through June, far faster than first thought, the government said on Thursday. But the outlook for the remainder of the year remained grim. (link)
Here's the funny - typical, but funny just the same - part. The Times, after acknowledging what is actually very good news (a 3.3% growth rate is quite good), then proceeds to throw in a but ... but ... but ... The next five sentences include what might yet be, with such loaded words as:


"Economists cautioned ..."

"Would probably dry up ..."

"Layoffs on the rise ..."

"Corporate profits falling ..."

"Housing slump ..."

"Last gasp ..."

"A lot scarier ..."

Mind you, this is supposed to be a report of solid economic news. But somehow it didn't fit the template that the Times adheres to ("We're all going to die; we need Obama"). So the kids there adapt. Good news on the economic front? Yeah, but ... but ... but ... Bush ... but ... Cheney ... but ... but ... McCain ... but ... but ...

What They Really Think

Look past all the bluster and backslapping going on in Denver and witness what key Democrats - including Barack Obama - think of Barack Obama:

Even he knew he wasn't qualified to be president.

Putin Trying To Help Obama?

Or is that he fears a McCain presidency that much? This is rather fascinating:
Putin Suggests U.S. Provocation in Georgia Clash
By Clifford J. Levy, The New York Times

Moscow — As Russia struggled to rally international support for its military action in Georgia, Vladimir V. Putin, the country’s paramount leader, lashed out at the United States on Thursday, contending that the White House may have orchestrated the conflict to benefit one of the candidates in the American presidential election.

In tones that seemed alternately angry and mischievous, he suggested that the Bush administration may have tried to create a crisis that would influence American voters in the choice of a successor to President Bush. (link)
Expect that to be Obama's next line of attack: "McCain is trying to drag us into a conflict with Russia."

Why is it, other world leaders - including ruthless despots, as Putin is turning out to be - are always trying to get Democrats elected to the presidency? Self-interest? You betcha.

That's a Bad Thing?

David Duchovny in rehab for sex addiction

What Would Edward R. Murrow Say?

To think, the television news medium has gone from the likes of David Brinkley, Chet Huntley, and Walter Cronkite to ... this:
MSNBC prez defends convention team
By Michael Calderone, The Politico

Denver — Amid a spate of awkward on-air conflicts among MNSBC anchors at this week’s Democratic convention, some staff members say there are sharp internal disputes at the cable network over whether its opinion and personality-driven political coverage has crossed the line.

“The situation at our channel is about to blow up,” a high-ranking MSNBC journalist told Politico on Wednesday.

Two other MSNBC sources said some of the testy on-air exchanges between Keith Olbermann — whose quick-witted and often caustic commentary has fueled ratings growth — and other network personalities were a public glimpse of much more intense behind-the-scenes turmoil. (link)
To be honest, I don't even know where MSNBC is on the dial. But it's fun to read about the antics that go on there. Must be very entertaining. Do they do the news too?

Par For The Course

Make no mistake about the fact that John McCain is up against a much more powerful foe than Mr. Wonderful:
Media Cheers Obama Speech
By Andy Barr, The Hill

Several members of the media were seen cheering and clapping for Barack Obama as the Illinois senator accepted the Democratic nomination Thursday.

Standing on the periphery of the football field serving as the Democratic convention floor, dozens of men and women wearing green media floor passes chanted along with the crowd. (link)

Where were those guys from MSNBC last night?