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Saturday, August 30, 2008


Is this necessary?

Roanoke to host conference on environmental issues

Seems to me, someone should be holding a conference to discuss this:

Roanoke, New River valleys climb in jobless

I suppose planting some trees and switching from plastic to paper is easier than affecting job creation. Thus ...

Living In The Past

The days of Lester Maddox and Orval Faubus are finally coming to a close. After having to endure the overt racism and bigotry of the 80's and 90's, Barack Obama's nomination has plunged a dagger into the heart of the oppressor forever.

What? The America of Oprah Winfrey, Condoleezza Rice, and Kobe Bryant has been permeated with racial prejudice and intolerance? There's been no healing of the wounds in recent decades?

Not according to some. Bob Herbert, columnist for the New York Times (and one who spends an inordinate amount of time searching out racists who hide - he routinely finds out - under every rock) interviews a group of Detroiters who have been "oppressed" all these years, but are looking to the future with ... hope:
Champagne and Tears
By Bob Herbert

On Thursday night, with Barack Obama formally accepting the Democratic presidential nomination at Mile High Stadium in Denver, African-Americans from coast to coast and beyond felt they might now dare to pop the corks.

As I talked to black residents in and around Detroit, a troubled city that has never fully recovered from the riots of 1967, the personal stories — some of them pent-up for decades — came in an emotional rush, often accompanied by tears.

The message I heard again and again was that the triumph of Senator Obama in securing the nomination helped to redeem some of the disappointment and grief of many years of racial humiliation and oppression. (link)
" ... helped to redeem some of the disappointment and ..." It'll do no such thing, of course. These people will continue to use "racial humiliation and oppression" as an excuse for their personal failings for the rest of their lives.

The America they live in is not the America the rest of us live in. Lester Maddox was driven into obscurity a quarter century ago. A dagger was plunged into the heart of racial segregation even before that. Oppression? These whiners don't know the meaning pf the word.

Their ancestors - who did indeed know what oppression and humiliation were all about ...

... must be shaking their heads in shame.

OK, Here's What I Think

Let's be honest. She's not going to be a Dick Cheney. But then he's a cut above all others so she shouldn't take that as a slight. He's just that darn good for the job.

But Sarah Palin is a whole lot easier on the eyes than Cheney is. That's for sure. Point Palin.

The lack of experience is what turned me off to her nomination early on. Though the office is of no great consequence (don't believe everything you read in the papers; Cheney has no real power, except over the Senate, on occasion), it would still be best to have someone who's "ready to hit the ground running," should the person from whom she's just a heartbeat away suddenly have problems in that regard.

Experience, as none of Obama's advisors will tell you, is critical to the job at hand - one aspect of which involves providing advice to the person at her side.

Still, this is a shrewd move on McCain's part. Not only will Palin's nomination give the feminists pause - if ever so briefly* - but it will certainly influence a sizeable handful of female voters - not a small thing for a candidate who hadn't a prayer of capturing that critical demographic.

Then there's the timing. Perfect. Just as the Obama coronation was coming to a glorious end, when all the nation's focus was on audacity and hope and all that again, here comes McCain to divert everyone's attention. At the most needful moment in the campaign - when Obama had the Big Mo, and was seemingly off and running. You could hear the American people going from chanting "Save us, oh Great One" to "Sarah Who ...?" That's no small victory for the Republican.

Oh, and she's articulate. She'll need that trait if she's going to convince Americans that she's up to the task.

One other thing, she comes across as being one tough babe who's not going to be pushed around by the media like Dan Quayle allowed himself to be.

Palin's biggest plus? She's a stalwart conservative, from everything I've read. On abortion, gun rights, government waste, family, gay rights, corruption, the War on Terror, religion, and capitalism, she's one of us. A welcome breath of fresh air (contrast that with Obama's fossil-by-comparison of a running mate) too.

And I can only imagine how Hillary must feel about now. The gods just aren't on her side these days, are they?

Anyway, I wish Sarah Palin had a whole lot more experience than she does, particularly in foreign affairs matters. But then at least she's actually been in charge of something. Her running mate's opponent certainly can't make that boast. If truth be known, we'd find out that he doesn't even run his own household, much less a Dairy Queen. But we'll deal with that another day.

So here's to Sarah Palin. I hope she has a bright future in politics.

* Expect the feminists to savage the Republican nominee, despite the fact that, by all accounts, Sarah Palin is a self-made woman, the kind the feminists - until now - championed. After all, the old prunes were steadfast against sexual harrassment too, if you recall, until Bill Clinton elevated it to becoming a regular White House activity. They then turned to a new argument: The cheap sluts were all asking for it.

Just Wondering

Do you suppose the Washington Post would have written this (in "Mr. McCain's Choice") if Tim Kaine (who has no more political experience than Sarah Palin does) had been chosen to be Obama's running mate?
[T]he most important question Mr. McCain should have asked himself about Ms. Palin was not whether she could help him win the presidency. It was whether she is qualified and prepared to serve as president should anything prevent him from doing so.

In this regard, count us among the puzzled and the skeptical.

Once the buzz over Ms. Palin's nomination dies down, the hard questions about her will begin. The answers will reflect on her qualifications -- and on Mr. McCain's judgment as well. (link)
There is no way that the Post would have written such things about Governor Kaine. The focus of any editorial would have been on winning the state of Virginia for Obama, and how shrewd a move it was in picking him.

A double standard? You bet.

Quote of the Day

From Sarah Palin:

"I didn't get into government to do the safe and easy things. A ship in harbor is safe, but that's not why the ship is built."

A memorable quote. The first of many?

This Is Discouraging

Well, it certainly tells us that we still have a long way to go when it comes to a large segment of the American populace accepting women in leadership roles in this country. Ann Althouse reveals the search words that brought surfers to her blog post about Sarah Palin (it makes sense; just go there). People seem to want to know a whole lot about her "tits and ass."

I am not encouraged.

* I'll note this though. I'll bet, in the vetting process, Palin was asked by McCain staffers if there were any pictures of her in the nude that might find their way to the internet. Sigh.

Well, This Is Rich

I honestly thought Obama's handlers wouldn't make the mistake of highlighting the biggest weakness he has - his total lack of experience. But blunder into that very discussion they have:
Obama campaign highlights Palin's 'zero' experience

Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama's campaign on Friday blasted his Republican rival's choice of Alaska Governor Sarah Palin as a running-mate, highlighting her "zero" foreign policy experience. "Today John McCain put the former mayor of a town of 9,000 with zero foreign policy experience a heartbeat away from the presidency," Obama spokesman Bill Burton said in a statement. (link)

So a candidate's lack of experience is a bad thing? Do these guys really want to go down that road?

One More Thing

John McCain, overnight, has regained his "maverick" status for having picked Palin as his running mate. He'd do well now to use her to attack the do-nothing Congress (including the miscreants who claim to be Republicans) (she will, after all, be president of the Senate) in the same way that she destroyed the longstanding good-old-boy power structure in Alaska.