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Friday, October 31, 2008

I Guess We Are To Overlook Everything

Did you know that Barack Obama is struggling to beat an addiction to cigarettes? One that, by last account, he's failed to overcome?

Knowing that, does the cover of next month's Men's Health magazine seem to be a stretch?

Who knew? Do cigarette smokers now set an example for the youth of America?

Seems so.

"Suck down a Marlboro. You too can be president and live a long, healthy life."

I suppose it makes perfect sense that the same people who overlook the fact that the man is unqualified to be president, and who support his candidacy despite that glaring fact, are willing to overlook his debilitating drug habit and declare him to now be the prototype of the healthy American male.

As that famous American said, "Beam me up, Scotty. There sure ain't no intelligent life on this planet."

Yeah, Spread That Wealth

I want you to think first about that story that broke the other day about Barack Obama's aunt and uncle living in poverty in Boston. Then think about his grandmother who lives with her chickens in squalor in Kenya ...

Then about his brother who lives on the equivalent of a dollar a month ...

Now take a look at a restaurant tab that Michelle Obama ran up - on one meal - at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel on October 15, 2008:

To think, her husband could have fed every Obama on the planet for that kind of money. But this was just a brunch. For his wife and a guest.

What was that again about spreading the wealth, Mr. Hope&Change?

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Investor's Business Daily has a related piece dealing with the fact that the Obamas have become breathtakingly wealthy but have given very little of their accrued riches to charity. "Spread the wealth" indeed.

Click on the image to enlarge.

Say What?

This from Roanoke Times editorialist Christian Trejbal (see "Think it will be over on Tuesday?") regarding the path history might take to get the Democrats to 60 seats in the Senate raised an eyebrow:
Honestly, I think the more likely route to 60 if they hit 59 is they get someone to flip or a Pres. Obama chooses a moderate R from a state with a D governor and offers him a cabinet position. Someone like Arlen Specter could make a solid attorney general or even Supreme Court justice. Then the governor appoints a D.
Arlen Specter. A moderate.

To people on the left, a moderate is a Republican who votes on critical issues with the Democrats. And who willfully takes campaign contributions from George Soros. And who works with the Democrats to defeat supremely qualified candidates nominated by Republican presidents to the Supreme Court. And who is unabashedly pro-abortion. And who is prepared to raise taxes at the drop of a hat. And who voted to raise the minimum wage. And who's big on gun control. And who can always be counted on to vote yea on environmental initiatives. And who has a higher approval rating among Democrats than Republicans in his own state.

Yeah, he's a moderate all right.

Would Specter accept a cabinet position in an Obama administration? Why wouldn't he? He'd fit right in.

Come to think of it, Specter leaving the Senate has no downside. Even if he's replaced by ... another liberal.

This Is Rich

The newspaper that vomited over 100 "news" articles and opinion pieces on then-Senator George Allen's dastardly use of the non-word "macaca" in order to get him defeated now accuses John McCain of foisting upon the American electorate "a vile smear."

It takes balls.

Why Am I Less Than Enthusiastic?

It's one thing to have the government pump cash into the credit markets to get them flowing again. That effort was, in my estimation, a positive activity. And we all benefit, down the road, from a free-flowing banking system. But I'm having difficulty understanding how the injection of wads of cash into failing companies is going to make them successful. After all, before GM, Ford, and Chrysler got their heads handed to them by Toyota, Nissan, and Honda, all three were awash in cash.

They just made products that few wanted.

And the cash went bye-bye.

So how is this going to change that?
More Money for Detroit
New York Times editorial

Here is a measure of just how grim the economic outlook is: It seems to make sense to pump billions more taxpayer dollars into Detroit’s automakers even though down the road they could quite possibly go bust anyway.

The specific request by General Motors and Cerberus Capital Management, the private equity firm that controls Chrysler, is preposterous: billions to help pay for a merger of dubious value. Neither automaker has been able to produce cars that consumers want to buy. Both are losing money hand over fist. Gluing them together would not change this dynamic. Still, there are two plausible arguments to support a general government bailout of Detroit’s lumbering car companies.

First, it is not unreasonable to believe that they might survive ... (link)
I'll stop there. That's the weakest argument I've ever read.

Someone recently asked a pertinent question about this particular bailout: Why should the average American fork over their hard-earned tax dollars to support men and women earning, on average, $56,000 a year, all of whom have the best and most expensive health care plan on the planet, along with the most lucrative retirement packages available to anyone ever? (Not to mention those executives and their pay). A good point.

But beyond that, how will the chances for survival of GM and Chrysler change with an infusion of cash? Or are there to be multiple infusions? For years and years to come?

Isn't that what someone called socialism?

No Better Example ...

... of media bias has ever raised its ugly head than this:
The Los Angeles Times’s Strange Notion of Journalistic Ethics
By Andrew C. McCarthy, National Review On Line

Change you can believe in is a short hop from fairy tales you can be sold. In that spirit, the Times tells us, we’d really, really love to release the videotape we’re holding of that 2003 Khalidi shindig — the one where Barack Obama joined a motley collection of Israel-bashers, including the former terrorists Bill Ayers and Bernadine Dohrn, to sing the praises of Rashid Khalidi — former mouthpiece for PLO master-terrorist Yasser Arafat. But alas, our hands are tied by journalistic ethics.

Of course the ever ethical Times would never try to skew election coverage in favor of a candidate it has recently endorsed (after blowing kisses at him for two years). Nor would the newspaper give its readers anything but a complete, accurate, and truthful account of an event like the Khalidi Bash that it deemed worthy enough to cover. You can take that to the bank. But, gosh-darn, it turns out that a “source” the Times won’t name supposedly provided reporter Peter Wallsten with the videotape on the solemn promise that the paper would never let it see the light of day … except to report on it as the Times saw fit.

If you believe that one, I’ve got a tax cut for you. (link)
Read the whole thing. A strong indictment of what remains of the journalism profession.

Just As With the War ...

... the Democrats are more than willing to oblige Osama bin Ladin's wishes on the election:

Qaeda wants Republicans, Bush "humiliated": Web video

Soon enough, big guy. Soon enough.

A Defeat Would Be Sweet

I've gotten my hopes up before, only to have them dashed, but this looks very, very promising:
Murtha pleas for $1 million after racism comments Veteran Democratic Rep. John Murtha (Pa.) has sent out a last-minute plea for $1 million to save his hotly contested seat, endangered by his own remarks describing his district as racist.

In an e-mail sent to potential donors, Murtha’s campaign asked his supporters to maximize all campaign contributions.

“We need to raise another $1 million to compete,” his campaign fundraiser Susan O’Neill wrote in the e-mail obtained by The Hill. “We need money immediately.”

Polls show Murtha, running for his 18th term, ahead of his GOP opponent by just a few percentage points. (link)
Now that Ted Stevens is on his way out (he is, right?), Murtha becomes the most despised man in Washington. A defeat would be sweet, regardless how all the other races turn out.