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Monday, October 20, 2008

On Obama Being a 'Transformational Figure'

That's the term that Colin Powell used yesterday to describe the most liberal candidate for president this country has ever seen. Transformational. And it's probably a good choice of adjectives. Obama, with a very liberal Congress behind him, is sure to transform our country into something every European can be proud of.

But what exactly to make of Colin Powell's reasoning behind his decision to endorse Mr. Transformation? Here's Rush Limbaugh's take:

"Secretary Powell says his endorsement is not about race. OK, fine. I am now researching his past endorsements to see if I can find all the inexperienced, very liberal, white candidates he has endorsed. I'll let you know what I come up with.

"I was also unaware of his dislike for John Roberts, Clarence Thomas, Samuel Alito, Anthony Kennedy and Antonin Scalia. I guess he also regrets Reagan and Bush making HIM a 4-star and Secretary of State AND appointing his son to head the FCC. Yes, let's hear it for transformational figures."

A good point, that last one. Did a Democrat elevate Powell to the various positions he's held in two Republican administrations? Which party was it that "transformed" the cabinet (in a meaningful way) so that it "looked like America"?

And what exactly makes Obama transformational anyway, considering the fact that he has no record of achievement and has been on every side of every issue in recent months?

I think we all know the answers. There's only one reason Powell has decided to endorse the (half) black candidate for president. Whether he's ready to admit it or not.

From a False Premise ...

... we decide that the world is coming to a fiery end:
Risk of Disease Rises With Water Temperatures
By Kari Lydersen, Washington Post Staff Writer

scientists say, it is a near-certainty that global warming will drive significant increases in waterborne diseases around the world.

Rainfalls will be heavier, triggering sewage overflows, contaminating drinking water and endangering beachgoers. Higher lake and ocean temperatures will cause bacteria, parasites and algal blooms to flourish. Warmer weather and heavier rains also will mean more mosquitoes, which can carry the West Nile virus, malaria and dengue fever. Fresh produce and shellfish are more likely to become contaminated.

Heavier rainfalls are one of the most agreed-upon effects of climate change. The frequency of intense rainfalls has increased notably in the Midwest, the Northeast and Alaska, and the trend will accelerate, said the 2007 report of the United Nations' Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.

The consequences will be particularly severe in ... (link) [my emphasis]
Only one tiny little problem. There is absolutely no evidence (those seriously flawed computer models don't count as evidence) that the planet has warmed in recent years. In fact, there is growing evidence - actual statistical data - that proves that the Earth is cooling, not warming.

How to explain that?

That's a result of global warming too!

Or something ...

What Is a Dollar Going To Be Worth?

Here's a bit of information you might want to get your arms around regarding the currency you're stashing under the bed:

According to the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, there was $829 Billion in total US currency in worldwide circulation as of December 2007.

In September 2004, it was estimated that if all the gold held by the U.S. government (261.7 million ounces) were again required to back the circulating U.S. currency ($733,170,953,704), gold would need to be valued at $2,800 per ounce. (source)
Thank God we've moved away from the gold standard, right? But what is our fiat currency worth, now that it's no longer tied to the value of gold? What is it soon to be worth?

Read. And become very concerned:

Deficit Rises, and the Consensus Is to Let It Grow

I'm reminded of stories from the Weimar Republican days in Germany, circa 1928 (before the rise of Hitler out of the ashes), relating to people using wheelbarrows to haul cash down to the grocery in order to buy food. Deutschmarks were worth that little. With our government soon to be racking up trillion dollar annual deficits, with hyper-inflation a real possibility in the not-too-distant future, I wonder if it wouldn't be wise to invest in True Temper.

Vote Fraud? What Fraud?

I'm reminded of something the Roanoke Times wrote just recently:
Dire warnings from Republican Party officials about widespread vote fraud are as predictable as elections.

Funny thing, though; when the election is over and investigators try to find actual incidents of vote fraud -- people casting ballots in more than one location, dead people somehow managing to register and vote, etc. -- nothing much comes of it.
In other words ... Change the subject, nothing here.

Well, welcome to the USA, 2008, fellas:
Illegal voters, or just getting out the vote?
By Jill Riepenhoff, The Columbus Dispatch

small, unremarkable house on the East Side seems as anonymous as any other on its working-class street.

But as authorities investigate the rental home's current and former residents for possible voter fraud, it has become a focal point for questions about the integrity of Ohio's election system heading into the presidential election.

Some critics of Ohio's election system now question whether lax residency requirements and election laws are creating loopholes for outsiders to vote in this battleground state.

By late summer, the house at 2885 Brownlee Ave. had become headquarters for a group of 20- and 30-somethings who came to Ohio with a lofty goal: to register as many as 10,000 new voters in traditionally Democratic precincts on the East Side.

About 200,000 newly registered Ohio voters have been flagged by the secretary of state because their names, addresses, driver's-license numbers, and/or Social Security numbers don't match other state or federal records.

Likely among them are the 12 people who have registered to vote since August using the address of the 1,175-square-foot Brownlee Avenue house.

Some of them already have voted. Others requested absentee ballots but have yet to return them to the Franklin County Board of Elections.

None of them, however, seems to have ties to Ohio -- no close relatives, no public-records trail, no obvious intention to stay in the state past the election. (link) [my emphasis]

The system is broken. And that's just the way they want it.

Welcome to the USA, now just another banana republic.

Colin Powell Drinks The Kool Aid

I was one of those, long ago, who thought former Secretary of State Colin Powell would be a swell president. That was based solely, upon reflection, on his skin color his demeanor and the fact that he was a swell general under Bush I. But then I began to get bits and pieces of his positions on the major issues of the day - particularly with regard to abortion - and I quickly lost interest. He became, to me, one of them.*

So the news that he endorsed Obama is not a complete shock. If one understands that Powell too is very liberal, his move is very understandable.

Having not heard or seen his appearance on "Meet the Press" (that's on some network channel, right?), I was surprised to read the following, from Roger L. Simon, about the interview. He is truly one of them:
I caught Colin Powell’s predicted (by Drudge) endorsement of Obama on Meet the Press today and there were few surprises. Powell, ever the Lord of Gravitas, paid lip service to McCain being a good president, then, with furrowed brow, cited the conventional wisdom - that McCain demonstrated inconstancy during the economic crises, that the choice of Palin was ill considered and the relationship to Ayers overstated. While I have disagreements, these are, as a I said, conventional points.

But then Powell raised the ante. Citing unnamed Republican party leaders (not McCain), he said these leaders made allegations to him that Obama was a Muslim and therefore a “terrorist”. Really? I would like to hear the names of those “leaders.” Sure, there are plenty of extremists on the Internet and elsewhere bantering around stuff like that (just as there are liberal-left extremists spewing nonsense about McCain), but genuine party leaders? Would Powell please name one? If not, this seems like a political smear. Why would Powell feel he needed to make it?

Does anyone out there believe Powell's story to be true? Does he think we're all that stupid?

Guess so.

But then that's the liberal mindset for you ...

* Apologies to those who think "them" is a racial aspersion. In fact, them is a reference to Powell being just another east coast liberal.

A Sign Of The Times

A new blog comes on the scene to chronicle the efforts of the federal government to suppress free speech, now that the Democrats have taken control of Congress (and the White House?).

Unfair Doctrine

I'm afraid it's going to be necessary reading in years to come.

This, Unfortunately, Is True

Ann Coulter:
Political correctness has taught people to lie to pollsters rather than be forced to explain why they're not voting for the African-American.

This is how two typical voters might answer a pollster's question: "Whom do you support for president?"

Average Obama voter: "Obama." (Name of average Obama voter: "Mickey Mouse.")

Average McCain voter: "I'm voting for McCain, but I swear it's just about the issues. It's not because Obama's black. If Barack Obama were a little more moderate -- hey, I'd vote for Colin Powell. But my convictions force me to vote for the candidate who just happens to be white. Say, do you know where I can get Patti LaBelle tickets?"

Reviewing the polls printed in The New York Times and The Washington Post in the last month of every presidential election since 1976, I found the polls were never wrong in a friendly way to Republicans. When the polls were wrong, which was often, they overestimated support for the Democrat, usually by about 6 to 10 points.
All this is especially true of liberal white people. The ones who think race shouldn't be an issue in this campaign. The ones who let race be the defining issue in this campaign.