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Friday, October 24, 2008

Ouch

The Roanoke Times this morning, without officially endorsing the candidacy of Barack Obama, essentially does so by asking questions the answers for which they carefully tailor to fit their ever-morphing candidate.

Here's one question though that I'll bet the boys there wish they could retract:
Which candidate has demonstrated a firm grasp of the economic issues facing the nation, and which has fluttered from proposal to proposal, desperately searching, by all appearances, for political traction rather than genuine solutions?
Bad timing, eh guys? The latest on who's economic proposals are "fluttering":
McCain: Obama will say anything to get elected
Kansas City Star

Ormond Beach, Fla. | John McCain, kicking off a cross-state bus tour aimed at keeping vote-rich Florida from swinging to the Democrats, on Thursday accused Barack Obama of saying "anything to get elected."

The Arizona senator said Obama had added a work requirement to his proposal to grant a 10 percent universal mortgage credit. A top Obama aide said the campaign added the requirement two weeks ago to avoid charges that the proposal provided "welfare" to non-working Americans. (link) [my emphasis]
In other words, Obama altered his plan, "desperately searching for political traction."

Got any other reasons for supporting this loser, fellas?

Oh, yeah, his having made the better choice for vice president. Joe Biden.

Keep plugging that one. That'll certainly be a winning argument.

Make No Mistake

I read the New York Times endorsement of Barack Obama this morning and came away unimpressed. It was unfocused, unclear, lacking in substance, and seemed to be written as if the author had a quota of words to achieve and struggled mightily to reach it.

Charles Krauthammer, on the other hand (see "McCain for President"), is as unequivocal and succinct as a newspaperman can be:
Contrarian that I am, I'm voting for John McCain. I'm not talking about bucking the polls or the media consensus that it's over before it's over. I'm talking about bucking the rush of wet-fingered conservatives leaping to Barack Obama before they're left out in the cold without a single state dinner for the next four years.

The case for McCain is straightforward. The financial crisis has made us forget, or just blindly deny, how dangerous the world out there is. We have a generations-long struggle with Islamic jihadism. An apocalyptic soon-to-be-nuclear Iran. A nuclear-armed Pakistan in danger of fragmentation. A rising Russia pushing the limits of revanchism. Plus the sure-to-come Falklands-like surprise popping out of nowhere.

Who do you want answering that phone at 3 a.m.? A man who's been cramming on these issues for the past year, who's never had to make an executive decision affecting so much as a city, let alone the world? A foreign policy novice instinctively inclined to the flabbiest, most vaporous multilateralism (e.g., the Berlin Wall came down because of "a world that stands as one"), and who refers to the most deliberate act of war since Pearl Harbor as "the tragedy of 9/11," a term more appropriate for a bus accident?

Or do you want a man who is the most prepared, most knowledgeable, most serious foreign policy thinker in the United States Senate? A man who not only has the best instincts but has the honor and the courage to, yes, put country first, as when he carried the lonely fight for the surge that turned Iraq from catastrophic defeat into achievable strategic victory?

That, New York Times people, is the way it's done. You'd do well to take notes.

You Can't Make This Stuff Up

There is a side of me that hopes these idiots froze their nuts off:
Cyclists stop in Utica promoting climate change
WKTV News

Utica, N.Y. (WKTV) - Student volunteers from colleges around New York State braved freezing cold temperatures on their bikes Wednesday to send a message to state and federal political candidates: pay attention to climate change.

They want candidates to let voters know what they plan to do about global warming and the energy crisis. (link)
If you can believe it, nowhere in this article is there mention of the irony of the bike tour to build awareness of global warming taking place as the temperatures outside are near record lows.

In what decade do you suppose the lightbulb will come on and one of these geniuses will ask the others: "Hey, if the planet is warming, why are there icicles hanging from my love muscle in October?"

The End Of Life As We Know It

Remember HillaryCare? Those of us who looked at it closely came to realize that it was in fact more aptly called KennedyCare. He was the snake who attempted to destroy the American health care delivery system back in the early 90's by nationalizing it.

Well, looks who's raising his ugly head again:
Kennedy secretly crafts health care plan
By Jeffrey H. Birnbaum, The Washington Times

From his sickbed, Sen. Edward M. Kennedy has secretly been orchestrating meetings with lobbyists and lawmakers from both parties to craft legislation that would greet the new president with a plan to provide affordable medical coverage to all Americans, a measure he has called "the cause of my life."

Mr. Kennedy's goal, his aides say, is to introduce a universal health care bill as soon as the new Congress convenes next year and to push quickly for its passage - a much-accelerated timetable compared with the last time that a health care overhaul was on the agenda, at the start of the Clinton administration.

"Senator Kennedy has spent the last several weeks laying the groundwork for reform so that we can be ready to go in 2009," said his spokesman Anthony Coley. "This is and has been the cause of Senator Kennedy's life." (link)

Hasn't this guy done enough damage? Will we allow the most effective health care delivery system humankind has ever known to be destroyed because some old man wants to implement his collectivist views before he dies?

Are we going to allow this?

Is It Any Wonder?

Who'da guessed. The mainstream press is biased in favor of Barack Obama. From a study done by the Pew Research Center's Project for Excellence in Journalism:

Imagine how that bar graph would look if the researchers had included all those stories that have been ignored by the media because they would damage their candidate. Starting with Obama's cocaine supplier and the opportunity for blackmail to have arisen at some point in time in the past. And the very real relationship between The Messiah and Bill Ayres. And Wright. And Rezco. Infanticide. Gun control.

Badmouthing McCain is half the effort. Whitewashing Obama's sordid past is the other.

This is "news" only to those who get their news from the network news shows.

Do You Believe In Miracles?

Nothing would make me happier than to see this anti-American congressman get bounced from office next month:
Murtha's hold on House seat slips
By Mike Wereschagin and David M. Brown, Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

Two veteran warriors battling to represent the 12th Congressional District appear locked in the closest race in the district in years.

Democratic Rep. John Murtha leads retired Army Lt. Col. William Russell by a little more than 4 percentage points, within the Susquehanna Poll's 4.9-point margin of error. The poll of 400 likely voters was conducted for the Tribune-Review on Tuesday, amid uproar over Murtha's statement that some of his constituents are racist. (link)
With just a little help, it's possible that Murtha might lose this election. Can we get Biden up there to give a speech?

Unfortunately, It's The Truth

Glenn Reynolds utters what I think is going to be the reaction of many to the news that an alleged Obama supporter assaulted and physically mutilated a McCain campaign worker in Pittsburgh yesterday:

"This is so serious that I predict it will get almost one-tenth as much national coverage as something some guy may have yelled at a Palin rally once."

"Alleged" being the key word. We'll see how this plays out.

But if true, it's very concerning. And Glenn is right. The media won't care.

Amidst All The Blather ...

... about allowing everyone to vote, we find out that Democrats up in growingly liberal Fairfax County are rejecting actual ballots on a silly technicality. And who are the voters who are being disfranchised?

Our fighting men and women overseas:
McCain campaign says federal absentee ballot wrongly rejected
Fairfax County's registrar denies the allegation about the form, often used by overseas troops.
By Patrick Lynch, Daily Press

Virginia campaign officials for GOP presidential candidate John McCain are saying some Fairfax County absentee ballots — and possibly some in Hampton Roads — from overseas service members are being rejected over a technicality.

But the Fairfax registrar said he was following state law in rejecting a small number of absentee ballots that came in at the same time as the voter's application.

Fairfax General Registrar Rokey Suleman said Thursday that he had had to reject some of the ballots because of a Virginia law passed in 2002. That law — then called Senate Bill 113, sponsored by then-state Sen. Bill Bolling — requires that when an overseas citizen wants to request an absentee ballot and cast a vote with the same paperwork, it requires not only a witness signature but the current address of the witness. (link)
Suleman is a Democrat.

Speaking The Truth About Media Bias

As only Newt Gingrich can lay it out:
If you would look at the coverage Michelle Obama has gotten and the coverage that Cindy McCain has gotten you have to believe that the fix is in. When you look at the magazine covers, the pictures that were taken, again and again, over and over for the last year we have been brainwashed, propagandized, insultingly lectured by the news media. If you look what happened to Joe the Plumber... Now, I haven't seen anyone from the elite media do a live broadcast from the non-existent Katie's Restaurant to point out that Joe Biden is just out of touch with reality. He's either dishonest or has a total memory lapse about his hometown. Yet, nobody notices it. Again and again there were 14 factual mistakes by Biden in the vice-presidential debate. Nobody said that disqualified him. This has been a totally one-sided campaign where the news media has been the best ally that Barack Obama has gotten. And we ought to be honest about it. There's no pretense, not a shred of neutrality on the part of the major networks or The New York Times...
Hat tip to Gateway Pundit.