Tuesday, September 30, 2008

It Didn't Have To Happen

McCain strikes back with this highly effective ad.

I hope it gets enough airtime, or goes viral.

A Contrarian View

As a general proposition, when told by unanimous elites that a particular course of action is urgent and necessary to avoid disaster, there's a lot to be said for going fishing. If the entire global economy is so vulnerable that only the stalwart action of Barney Frank stands between it and ten years of soup kitchens, can it, in fact, be saved? Or look at it the other way round: Given any reasonable estimate of the number of headless chickens running around, was the five per cent fall in Asian markets and seven per cent "plummet" on the Dow in reaction to the House vote really the catastrophe some of my pals round here seem to think it was? If fear of seven per cent falls is enough to justify massive unprecedented government intrusion into the private sector, we might as well cut to the chase and go for the big Soviet command economy.
Mark Steyn in The Corner.

Monday, September 29, 2008

Election Projection Update

Electionprojection.com still shows Obama winning the electoral college 273-265, unchanged from two weeks ago.

True, some of the margins have deteriorated, but Obama's states still include "weak" Colorado and "moderate" New Mexico and Iowa, states that Bush won in 2004. If McCain can hold on to the states he has and flip just one of those "weak" Obama states—Minnesota would be a likely one—he'll win.

The polls are considerably less accurate than they pretend to be. The touted 4% "margin of error" is a statistical construct which assumes that the poll has questioned a perfectly random sample of the population and that they have given perfectly honest answers. Neither assumption, obviously, holds and so not only is the actual margin of error wider than 4% but the results are probably biased in one direction or the other—and we don't know which.

A number of articles recently have argued that the failure to reach the cell-phone only population may under-count the young, and supposedly Obama-leaning, vote. Tam, on the other hand, points out that the non-response rate (in some polls as high as 70%) seriously under-counts the cranky misanthrope vote.

We've Been Wondering

What exactly does a "community organizer" do? Barack Obama's rise has left many Americans asking themselves that question. Here's a big part of the answer: Community organizers intimidate banks into making high-risk loans to customers with poor credit.
Stanley Kurtz in the New York Post.

I think Sarah Palin should hammer home this point Thursday night.

Sunday, September 28, 2008

Palin Mania Continues

Philly.com:

"Perhaps it was coincidence that the song 'Everybody Wants to Rule the World' was playing as Republican vice-presidential candidate Sarah Palin worked the crowd at the Irish Pub last night." (More likely it was Karl Rove, a jukebox, and a stack of quarters.)

According to Time's Islamabad stringer, Zardari's flirting with Palin in New York has gotten him into trouble back home.

"I feel it's absolutely shameful and a disgrace," says Tahira Abdullah, a prominent women's rights activist.

Actually I think Mrs. Palin is beginning to enjoy the constant media attention.

Only five more weeks to go!

The Insider-Outsider

Saturday, September 27, 2008

Now For A Contrasting Viewpoint

September 24 in The Edmond Sun:
Why Obama will lose
by David Deming
September 27 in The American Thinker:
Why Obama Will Lose
By Miguel A. Guanipa
And then there's this from the Obama campaign:

Attempted Assassination

In London:
Early yesterday armed undercover officers arrested three men after a petrol bomb was pushed through the door of the north London home of the book's publisher.

The Metropolitan police said the target of the assassination plot, the Dutch publisher Martin Rynja, had not been injured....

Security officials believe Rynja was targeted for assassination because his firm, Gibson Square, is preparing to publish a romantic novel about Aisha, child bride of the Prophet Muhammad....

It was withdrawn from publication in America last month after its publisher there, Random House, said it feared a violent reaction by ""a small radical segment"? of Muslims.
Cowards.

The Jewel of Medina, by American author Sherry Jones, is now available for pre-order from Amazon.com.

Forget John McCain

I want to see Obama debate Joe Biden.

Affirmative Sub-Prime Action

Mark Steyn, talking with Dean Barnett:
What we're dealing with here is effectively an absurd situation where the United States legislators decided that credit had a racist concept, and so enough credit was not being given to certain types of people, so they encouraged lending institutions to abandon any standards and throw money at people who shouldn't have been getting into the home ownership business in the first place, or at least not at that stage in their life. And as a result, sub-prime mortgages went from 2% of the market in 2002 to 30% of the market in 2006.

Friday, September 26, 2008

That Was Fast

The McCain camp's response to tonight's debate.

Oh, Please!

OK, I can't live-blog. I can't type that fast. I can't even think that fast.

I'll fill in the transcript later, but this is the point at which McCain won the debate.

Here's the transcript:
MCCAIN: So let me get this right. We sit down with Ahmadinejad, and he says, "We're going to wipe Israel off the face of the Earth," and we say, "No, you're not"? Oh, please.
Update: Stephen Green noticed it too.
8:15PM "Aw, please," says McCain. It's about time somebody said that to this contorted naif.
Gateway Pundit found the video. (about 1:38)

We Felt It Too

CNN's Wolf Blitzer, who moderated five primary debates, said he understands what PBS' Lehrer was going through in preparing for the debate. (After Lehrer, Schieffer, PBS' Gwen Ifill and NBC's Tom Brokaw are moderating the subsequent sessions, with Ifill handling the vice presidential forensic.)

"I certainly felt the historic enormity of what I was doing, and I felt that every second was precious and every question was precious," Blitzer said. "I didn't want to waste time."
You'd think a news reader would be more familiar with the English language.

Shameless

In a despicable bid to boost traffic on his blog, Robert Stacy McCain has posted the Sarah Palin swimsuit video.

Brilliant Move?

Dick Morris says he's a genius.
If the deal is cut before Friday's debate, my bet is that McCain shows up in triumph. If it isn't, he shows up anyway and flagellates Obama over the differences between the Democratic package and McCain's.

By Monday, at the latest, the Democrats have to cave in and pass the Republican version. They don't dare pass their own without GOP support, so they will have to cave in to the Republican version.

Then McCain comes out of the process as the hero who made it happen when the president couldn't and Obama wouldn't. He becomes the bailout expert.

And, of course, the bailout will work. With the feds standing behind the bad debt, whether by purchase or loans and insurance, Wall Street will breathe a sigh of relief. Bears won't dare bet against the economy with the entire weight of the federal government on the other side. They may be bears but they are not rabid.

Finally, McCain, as the reigning expert on bailouts, then can take the tax issue to Obama, saying that a tax increase, such as the Democrat is pushing, would destroy the bailout, ruin the economy, and trigger a collapse.

This bold move by McCain is about to work. Big time.
Hope he's right. Via Power Line.

Banana Republic

Secretary Brunner has unilaterally opened a one-week window, from September 30-October 6, for absentee voters to register and cast a ballot on the same day, with only the last four digits of th Social Security number needed to vote. No ID, no problem.

This method, of course, opens up the system to massive voter fraud....
And Brunner, of course, is a Democrat.

Duck and Cover

Michael Barone explains the holdup.
What's the problem? An agreement modifying the Paulson plan in significant ways seems to have been reached... But the word on Capitol Hill is that Speaker Nancy Pelosi is insisting that some substantial number of House Republicans—I've heard the number 110—vote for the measure.

Craps

Roger Simon:
I have watched John McCain shoot craps for hours. He shakes the dice in his left hand, blows gently into his fist and then, with a somewhat awkward loft — both his arms were broken when he ejected from his A-4 Skyhawk over Hanoi in 1967 — he sends the cubes tumbling down the table.

Craps is his favorite casino game, and he understands that it is high risk, but he believes you can win if you place your bets correctly. "All you need," he says, "is a little luck."

Hey, That's My Bank!

There it was on the front page of The Wall Street Journal this morning, complete with what I call a "wino's-eye-view" of the Seattle "thrift."
In what is by far the largest bank failure in U.S. history, federal regulators seized Washington Mutual Inc. and struck a deal to sell the bulk of its operations to J.P. Morgan Chase & Co....

J.P. Morgan agreed to pay $1.9 billion to the government for WaMu's banking operations and will assume the loan portfolio of the $307 billion thrift. The full cost to J.P. Morgan will be much higher, because it plans to write down about $31 billion of the bad loans and raise $8 billion in new capital. All WaMu depositors will have access to their cash, but holders of more than $30 billion in debt and preferred stock will likely see little if any recovery.
Well, Leslie and I got a lot of debt, but it's nowhere near $30 billion so I guess we're OK.

Should I take my money out now, or just sit tight and wait for the re-branding? I think it will be kind of cool. People say, "Who's your banker?"

I say, "J.P. Morgan."

Thursday, September 25, 2008

Can You See Russia From Alaska?

Oh good grief, yes. Everybody knows that.

In the foreground, the Palin family's winter wardrobe curing on poles. In the background, the eastern outpost of the Evil Empire, less than three miles away.

In the winter you can walk there. In the summer, if you're tough enough, you can swim.

There's even a live web cam!

The Economics Is Sound

As of press time The Economist generally approved.
The economics behind this is sound. Government support to the banking system can break the cycle of panic and pessimism that threatens to suck the economy into deep recession. Intervention may help taxpayers, because they are also employees and consumers. Although $700 billion is a lot—about 6% of GDP—some of it will be earned back and it is small compared with the 16% of GDP that banking crises typically swallow and trivial compared with the Depression, when unemployment surged above 20% (compared with 6% now). Messrs Bernanke and Paulson also have done well by acting quickly: it took seven years for Japan's regulators to set up a mechanism to take over large broke banks in the 1990s.

Could the plan be better structured?
Of course. But it probably won't.

Complete Economist briefing here.

Partners in Revolution

Clarice Feldman has some questions.
How is it possible that Obama in writing two autobiographies could ignore his 13 year-long association with Ayers if he were not purposely trying to hide or downplay it? How is it possible that the media could continue to ignore the CAC story? How is it possible that American voters, who regularly indicate such enormous concern over educational issues, could be so long kept in the dark by the Fourth Estate about the educational project Obama ran into the ground while he aided his revolutionary pals in recruiting Chicago kids to their extreme left wing mission?

San Francisco Examiner Endorses McCain-Palin

No kidding.
Cut through the high-toned speeches and campaign cut and thrust, and the pre-eminent issues of 2008 become strikingly clear. First, the next president must have the hard-earned experience, unrelenting toughness and uncompromising character to wage and win the war against al Qaeda and other terrorists who seek the destruction of America. Second, he must have an unshakable commitment to restoring honest taxing and spending by government at all levels, the essential first step of which is ridding Washington of pork-barrel "earmarks," the gateway drug to budget deficits and political corruption.

Paulson's Folly

Andy Kessler makes it all sound plausible:
Here's what's happened so far. New technology like electronic trading meant that Wall Street's bread-and-butter business of investment banking and trading stocks stopped making much money years ago. So investment banks took their enormous capital and at first packaged yield-enhanced, subprime mortgage loans into complex derivatives such as collateralized debt obligations...
And on and on for half a dozen paragraphs of which I understood maybe one word in three. But here's the bottom line:
You can slice the numbers a lot of different ways. My calculations, which assume 50% impairment on subprime loans, suggest it is possible, all in, for this portfolio to generate between $1 trillion and $2.2 trillion -- the greatest trade ever. Every hedge-fund manager will be jealous. Mr. Buffett is buying a small piece of the trade via his Goldman Sachs investment.

Over 10 years this could change the budget scenario in D.C., which can also strengthen the dollar. The next president gets a heck of a windfall. In the spirit of Secretary of State William Seward's purchase of Alaska for $7 million in 1867, this week may be remembered as Paulson's Folly.
Let's hope he's right. Or even half right.

The Candidates Vote 'Present'

The Wall Street Journal:
As Senators, Messrs. Obama and McCain also have a responsibility to give us their up-or-down verdict on the bill as it emerges. If they have specific differences or suggestions, they certainly have a large megaphone to broadcast them.

As candidates, however, they are not serving the public by hiding behind a fog of faux bipartisanship that obscures their core economic principles and their approach to governance in times of crisis. Far from being an issue that is above electoral politics, the financial panic is too serious not to have a serious discussion about. President Bush gave both candidates a hand last night by inviting them to a White House meeting on the legislation today, but this looks more like political theater than it does actual governing.

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Update

Boy. You step away from the computer for one hour and all news breaks loose.

Washington (CNN):
President Bush has asked both Sen. John McCain and Sen. Barack Obama to join him for a meeting at the White House Thursday afternoon to discuss the economic bailout plan, a White House officials said.

"The President called Sen. Obama tonight around 7:30 pm," said Dana Perino, White House press secretary. "The president has invited the bicameral and bipartisan leadership, and the two senators running for president, to the White House tomorrow to work on driving to a bipartisan and timely solution."
Arlington, VA :
Today, U.S. Senators John McCain and Barack Obama issued the following statement:

"The American people are facing a moment of economic crisis. No matter how this began, we all have a responsibility to work through it and restore confidence in our economy. The jobs, savings, and prosperity of the American people are at stake.

"Now is a time to come together -- Democrats and Republicans -- in a spirit of cooperation for the sake of the American people. The plan that has been submitted to Congress by the Bush Administration is flawed, but the effort to protect the American economy must not fail.

"This is a time to rise above politics for the good of the country. We cannot risk an economic catastrophe. Now is our chance to come together to prove that Washington is once again capable of leading this country."
Translation: "Now is the time to spread blame as thinly as possible, so that none of our heads, personally, will roll."

Stop The Campaign!

What do we make of McCain's bizarre call to suspend the campaign while the candidates go to Washington to craft a bailout bill?

The first thing that occurred to me was that both sides are trying to lower expectations before the debate. How much lower can you get than calling time out because you're not ready?

The second thing is that McCain is just messing with Obama's mind again, getting inside his OODA loop, trying to throw him off balance. If so, it's working, at least on me. I can't tell if he's bluffing or not, and I don't think he knows either.

In two weeks we'll look back and either say that this move was brilliant, or that it was boneheaded, or that it was just bizarre. Right now I have no idea which.

What Makes People Vote Republican?

John Derbyshire recommends this article.
Don't be put off by the whiffs of liberal-intellectual snobbery in Haidt's opening remarks. He has interesting things to say; and the follow-up discussion is very good.

A Crippling Dependency

Tony Blankley says he's like the man who never was.
But worse than all the unfair and distorted reporting and image projecting are the shocking gaps in Obama's life that are not reported at all. The major media simply have not reported on Obama's two years at New York's Columbia University, where, among other things, he lived a mere quarter-mile from former terrorist Bill Ayers. Later, they both ended up as neighbors and associates in Chicago. Obama denies more than a passing relationship with Ayers. Should the media be curious? In only two weeks, the media have focused on all the colleges Gov. Palin has attended, her husband's driving habits 20 years ago, and the close criticism of the political opponents Gov. Palin had when she was mayor of Wasilla, Alaska.

But in two years, they haven't bothered to see how close Obama was with the terrorist Ayers.
And Richard Miniter says media bias doesn't help.
Why are GOP negative television and radio advertisements often effective? They cut through the clutter and either raise new issues or old ones in a fresh way. If the press were more even-handed is examining issues as they come up, there would no shock value (and therefore benefit) from this ads. Instead, the press buries anything that might hurt Democrats. Compare the coverage of Palin versus Biden or Rep. Charlie Rangel. So the first most voters here of it is on the web, talk radio or a 30-second tv spot. That gives little time for a Democratic candidate to respond to issue in context—their responses are necessarily sound-bites and spots. In short, I suspect that this hyper-partisan atmosphere is driven by the press' failure to weigh the merits and not pardon the offenses of politicians. Like welfare, media bias hurts those it is trying to help.

Kill 'Em & Grill 'Em

Since when does Ted Nugent, the Motor City Madman, write opinion pieces for Human Events, Ronald Reagan's favorite magazine?

Since hunting season's about to start.
There is a powerful, natural force in the fall air, and I, for one, cannot turn my back on it. I know the origin of "conservatism" and the pragmatic, rugged individualism logic that drives it and us.
You get the venison, Ted's got the recipes.

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

A Non-Partisan Political Message

This November
America's future hangs in the balance
Catholics across the nation
Will have the responsibility
To make their voices heard
Many issues are at stake
Some are more important
Than others
No issue can be ignored,
But none are more crucial
To the foundation of our country than...
Life
And family
The family
Must be strengthened
Not redefined
Human life is paramount
And must be protected
From conception to natural death
Catholics have been integral to the success of America
Since the beginning
Catholic immigrants helped build this country
And their children fought to preserve it
Now more than any other time in history
A new generation must stand for truth
The strength of our nation
Is not only in its military
Or economic power
But in our commitment to moral values
For the good of the world
67 million Catholics in America
Working alongside countless others
We can protect the values
This great nation was built upon
Life, faith and family
This election day
Everything you hold sacred
Will need your vote
Vote your conscience

CatholicVote.com
Kind of sucks the cynic right out of you doesn't it?

Interventions and Conservative Principles

Donald Luskin, who blogs at The Conspiracy to Keep You Poor and Stupid, has some questions.
What's a principled conservative to think of the Bush administration's proposed $700 billion authority to allow the U.S. Treasury buy illiquid securities? On the one hand it would appear to be a necessary step to solve a systemic crisis in the U.S. banking system. On the other, it promises to be an enormous expansion of government power and commitment of taxpayer dollars.

To arrive at a principled view on this intervention, we must answer three critical questions: Is it necessary? Will it work? And even then, is it morally justifiable?
You probably won't like the answers either.

Gaining in the Frozen North

Michael Barone says reshuffling the political deck seems to have worked for McCain.
Wisconsin, Minnesota, and Washington seem to be in play now. Preconvention polls showed Obama well ahead in each; postconvention polls show him leading by only a few points. That's 31 electoral votes on the table. And North Dakota, Montana, and Alaska seem to be out of play. Obama was competitive there in pre-convention polls, though there weren't many of them; he's well behind in postconvention polls. That's nine electoral votes off the table. Net advantage to McCain: 40 electoral votes.
And with major organizations like Gallup goosing the polls to make the numbers come out right we're even more optimistic for McCain. Six weeks from tonight, we'll know.

Deer Vision

Via Instapundit a couple of articles on deer vision and camouflage. Tapping Into What a Deer Sees, and Doesn't at the New York Times, and Can You See Me Now? at Tierney Labs.
Approximately 30,000 years after hunters took to adorning cave walls with their image of a deer, it occurred to them it might be more productive to consider the deer's image of a hunter.
Cool graphic at the NYT article.

The Palin Pivot

William McGurn analyzes the effect Palin has had on McCain's campaign.
By putting Alaska's governor on the ticket, Mr. McCain rallied his base while making a significant overture to women and Independents. But the Palin pick does something even more important for Mr. McCain. At a time when the GOP nominee finds himself in much the same position Richard Nixon did in 1960 -- the candidate of wrinkly experience facing off against the candidate of youthful optimism -- Mrs. Palin channels hope and good cheer into a running mate who badly needs it.

Tina Fey picked up on this cheerfulness in her "Saturday Night Live" lampoon. Perhaps the skit was meant to show the governor as a ditz. But what Americans see is a working mom who pays the mortgage, pumps the gas, enjoys her husband and children and offers no hint of self-importance. So while Joe Biden (according to the Associated Press) has been speaking before crowds numbering in the "hundreds," 60,000 people showed up for a Florida Palin rally on Sunday.

Even making allowances for friendly territory, this appeal has elicited comparisons with Ronald Reagan. Though it is far too soon to compare her achievements to his, Mrs. Palin does exude the same sense of America as a land of goodness and opportunity. She sends her son to Iraq and hopes for victory. She talks about a benevolent God plainly and without embarrassment. And when she speaks on issues like taxes, she does so in a language that resonates with her fellow Americans.

Here's how she put it in her acceptance speech: "My sister Heather and her husband have just built a service station that's now opened for business -- like millions of others who run small businesses. How are they going to be any better off if taxes go up?"
The first draft of history, and a very good read.

Obama Pushed Radicalism

Stanley Kurtz delivers his first report on the CAC files.
Despite having authored two autobiographies, Barack Obama has never written about his most important executive experience. From 1995 to 1999, he led an education foundation called the Chicago Annenberg Challenge (CAC), and remained on the board until 2001. The group poured more than $100 million into the hands of community organizers and radical education activists.

The CAC was the brainchild of Bill Ayers, a founder of the Weather Underground in the 1960s. Among other feats, Mr. Ayers and his cohorts bombed the Pentagon, and he has never expressed regret for his actions....
Must read. This will be in the debates.

Update: Kurtz extends his remarks at NRO.

Monday, September 22, 2008

Decline And Fall

Today in Wisconsin Obama spoke to about 6,000 cheering fans in the Resch Center arena. Last last week John McCain and Sarah Palin appeared in the same stadium before a crowd of over 10,000.

Recent Wisconsin polls show Obama at 48% to McCain's 46%. By this time next week he'll probably be calling for a withdrawl.

Obama Applies Alinsky

IBD Editorials:
At a recent Las Vegas rally, Obama poked fun at Sen. McCain for what he described as bragging about "how as chairman of the Senate Commerce Committee, he had oversight of every part of the economy."

"Well, all I can say to Sen. McCain is, 'Nice job. Nice job,' " Obama said in a sarcastic tone. "Where is he getting these lines? It's like a 'Saturday Night Live' routine."

Then he belittled the 72-year-old McCain for vowing to take on the old boys network. "In the McCain campaign, that's called a staff meeting," he sneered.

The late Alinsky, a trench-warfare socialist who despised American capitalism, advised community organizers like Obama to "laugh at the enemy" to provoke "irrational anger."

"Ridicule," he said, "is man's most potent weapon. It is almost impossible to counterattack ridicule. Also it infuriates the opposition, who then react to your advantage."
Part Sixteen of the series.

The Cruelest Comparison

Christopher Hitchens compares Obama to Dukakis.
By the end of that grueling campaign season, a lot of us had got the idea that Dukakis actually wanted to lose—or was at the very least scared of winning. Why do I sometimes get the same idea about Obama? To put it a touch more precisely, what I suspect in his case is that he had no idea of winning this time around. He was running in Iowa and New Hampshire to seed the ground for 2012, not 2008, and then the enthusiasm of his supporters (and the weird coincidence of a strong John Edwards showing in Iowa) put him at the front of the pack. Yet, having suddenly got the leadership position, he hadn't the faintest idea what to do with it or what to do about it.

God, Patriotism and Taxes

The Wall Street Journal:
Heavens! The political left likes to score Republicans for claiming that God is on their side, but here we have Mr. Biden claiming support from both God and Caesar. If Sarah Palin tried this, she'd send the boys at the Daily Kos into cardiac arrest. We won't get into a theological debate with Mr. Biden, except to say that Biblical tax rates tended to run around 10%, not the 39.6%-plus that Barack Obama's tax plan calls for.

As for patriotism, maybe the young Joe Biden missed school the day the Boston Tea Party was being taught....

Sunday, September 21, 2008

Huge Crowd In The Villages

Drudge headline: PALIN DRAWS CROWD OF 60,000 IN FLORIDA

I was looking for news from The Villages earlier and had no idea from the few reports I found that the crowd was so large. Needless to say it was not mentioned anywhere in the legacy news.

Anyway "all local all the time" Central Florida News 13 has full coverage including a video of the Palin speech.

Obama Redeploying Troops

Bismarck, North Dakota:
Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama's campaign is pulling its staffers out of North Dakota....

Obama supporter Jim Maxson of Minot says the Obama staffers have been working since July on identifying sympathetic North Dakota voters.
Unfortunately, there weren't any.

Hey, wasn't it just last week he pulled out of Georgia?
Nearly three weeks after dropping its TV ads, the Democratic presidential campaign of Barack Obama will shift personnel out of Georgia into more competitive states like North Carolina, staffers confirmed Tuesday.
Can't win 'em all. With a little luck, he won't win any.

A Bridge For Nobody

The Wall Street Journal:
Rep. Mark Udall, a Democrat running for an open Senate seat in Colorado, is coming under fire for a $500,000 earmark to build an animal bridge. The funding would be seed money to construct a $10 million bridge over Interstate 70 so elk and other large animals would, in theory, be able to cross the road without impeding traffic. Mr. Udall backed the earmark along with Republican Sen. Wayne Allard two years ago.
Pretty cool idea, really. But if it's such a cool idea why don't they build it themselves? Eight to $15 million (no one really knows what it's going to cost) is not a lot of money for Colorado, which has the highest per capita GDP of any western state except Alaska. They don't even need the pork—it's just a compulsion.

Joe Who?

Poor Joe Biden.
The career politician is starved for attention. And who can blame him? The poor guy is even having trouble getting journalists to tag along on his campaign plane. According to news reports, only six reporters climbed aboard his campaign plane en route to one recent event. Meanwhile, the press corps traveling with Palin was informed on one flight that the plane had become too heavy. The campaign asked for volunteers to fly commercial.
What's a guy gotta do to get a little attention?

Well, you could run around yelling, "I have a gun! I have a gun!"

Saturday, September 20, 2008

Palin Derangement Syndrome

We take a moment to observe the phenomenon of PDS as seen through the eyes Mark Morford, columnist for the San Francisco Chronicle:
Every white woman I know is positively horrified.

Wait, that's not exactly true. It's more accurate to say that every thoughtful or liberal or intuitive or open-minded white woman I know...
Gee, Mr. Morford, do you really know some women that aren't liberal? Maybe you should talk with them.
...nausea and a general recoiling appear to be the universal reactions to Palin's sudden presence on the national stage...
Universal reactions? Oh, yes, among liberal, intuitive, open-minded women.
They say: You've got to be kidding me. They say: This is what we get? This could be our historic role model? Two hundred years (OK, more like 2000) of struggle, only to have this nasty caricature of femininity try to hijack and mock and undermine it all?

It cannot be true, they say. The universe must joking, would not dare dump such a homophobic, Creationist evangelical nutball on us, this anti-choice, God-pandering woman who's the inverse of Hillary, this woman of deep inexperience who abhors birth control and supports abstinence education and shoots exhausted wolves from helicopters and hates polar bears...
Actually, she considers polar bears delicious.
But now, the truly bizarre part. Despite this defiant outcry, a great many pundits and reports have suggested that, just after the Palin VP announcement, a sizable chunk of predominantly white women nevertheless abandoned their tentative support for Obama and leapt into the lyin' arms of McCain, presumably simply because of Palin's gender and PTA momhood.
Watch out for that "momhood" thing—you've got one too.
And thus did the harrowing wail go out: WTF? Could it be true? Are cadres of formerly Obama-leaning white women really so enchanted by Palin's gender and motherhood status that they openly ignore the fact that she basically wants to shove women's rights back about five decades?
All the way back to 1958? Horrors!

It was at about this point that Mr. Morford began to foam at the mouth. The rest of the column made very little sense.

Read it if you like. But I can't recommend it.

Friday, September 19, 2008

The Palin-McCain Ticket

Was in Blaine, Minnesota today.

KARE 11.com has the video. Palin here. McCain here.

She's getting real good at these stump speeches. As Mr. Bill said, she's a natural.

What's important about this, apart from the scrappiness of the rhetoric, is that Minnesota's ten electoral votes, which Obama thought were safely in his column, are not. Check out these electoral vote projections:It's fifty separate contests. And Minnesota is a close one—at least McCain thinks it is.

I think Oregon's close too. So when do I get my bumper sticker?

"Usually Ships in 1 to 2 Weeks" Yeah. Good luck with that.

Charlie, are we fighting a holy war?

Just because Instapundit got there first doesn't mean I can't copy.

Watch it
. Learn a little history at the same time.

Thursday, September 18, 2008

Nice Set Of Intuitive Skills

Bill Clinton was asked if he was surprised by the Palin bounce.
No, she's a... she's an instinctively... effective candidate. And with a compelling story. And... and I think it was exciting to some... that... that she was a woman. It was exciting that she was from Alaska. It was exciting that she's sort of like the person she is.

And she grew up in a... came up in a political culture and a religious culture that is probably well to the right of the American center. But, she didn't basically define herself in those terms. She's basically said, "Look, this is where I'm from. I'm not gonna impose this on you. This is what I wanna do that I think we can all be a part of." So, she handled herself very well.

So, I... no, I wasn't surprised. I think that... you know, I disagree with them on a lot of these issues. And that's why aside from party affiliation, that's why I would be for Senator Obama and Senator Biden anyway. But... but, I think she... I... I get why she's done so well. She... she's... it's a mistake to underestimate her. She's got good in– sorry, intuitive skills. They're significant.
The old lech. He can't help himself.

Coping With The Meltdown

Gerard Baker enumerates the various stages of socialist grievance.
The inner Marxist rather enjoys the spectacle of rich bankers becoming victims of their own unsustainable excess, proof of the inevitable internal contradictions of the market process. Picture editors never tire of those photographs of some trader holding his head in his hands as the numbers on the screen behind him bleed red.

Then the inner Stalinist takes over and rages at the injustice of it all. How dare these Masters of the Universe with their Porsches and their incomprehensible gobbledygook bring us to our knees? Annihilate the options traders!

Finally, we get to the inner Leninist, surveying the economic wreckage and calmly insisting that Something Must be Done.

The Palin Email Password Trick

OK, OK. I think it's a non-story but enquiring minds want to know:

How did Sarah Palin's email get hacked?

Easier than you might think—the kid's no genius.

Stop Saying "Thank You"

You're not welcome.

Chart from IBD: Public Appears To Be Clueless On Who Pays What.

Regulation Started This Mess

Nancy Pelosi would like to blame the banks.
Only, the risk-taking was her idea — and the idea of all the other Democrats, along with a handful of Republicans, who over the past 30 years have demonized lenders as racist and passed regulation after regulation pressuring them to make more loans to unqualified borrowers in the name of diversity.

They were the ones who screamed — "REDLINING!" — and sent banks scurrying for cover in low-income neighborhoods, where they have been forced to lower long-held industry standards for judging creditworthiness to make the subprime loans.

If they don't comply, they are threatened with stiff penalties under the Community Reinvestment Act, or CRA, a law that forces banks to make home loans to people with poor credit risks.
Update: John R. Lott, Jr. takes a more scholarly look at it.

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Oregon In Play?

Rasmussen has Obama-Biden at 51% to McCain-Palin's 47%.

Moore Insight, which includes "Neither" and "Don't know" as choices, has
  • 43% Obama-Biden
  • 37% McCain-Palin
  • 6% Neither
  • 14% Don't know
Don't know could decide it. Or maybe not.

A Mind is a Terrible Thing to Control

Mr. Rove, we're in! We've got control of the teleprompter, the program is running, and the subject is responding!
It's kind of like science fiction except lite on the science and not entirely fictional.

Hockey Moms For Truth

Want to know the real Sarah Palin? Watch this devastating exposé by the women who carpooled with her—and prepare to be shocked!

Oh. I think Jeff Goldstein's behind this.

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Mush! Little Corgis!

Irwin Stelzer, ex-pat in London, slaps a little sense into his British readers.
Fortunately for the American electorate, there is nothing much that the British commentariat can do to prevent its worst nightmare from becoming a reality: Sarah Palin sworn in as President of the United States, dining with the Queen at a state banquet.

So sit back and enjoy the show. It is far more entertaining, and certainly more democratic, than waiting for the defenestration of a prime minister by a cabal of his colleagues.
And, as I recall, the Queen actually rather enjoyed horseback riding with that cowboy actor fellow.

"Mac" vs. "P.C."

Election Projection

Electionprojection.com still has Obama ahead, 273-265, but just look at the "Changes This Week"
In Obama's Favor
  • None
In McCain's Favor
  • Alaska: Mod McCain -> Solid McCain
  • Arkansas: Mod McCain -> Strong McCain
  • Delaware: Strong Obama -> Mod Obama
  • Indiana: Mod McCain -> Strong McCain
  • Louisiana: Strong McCain -> Solid McCain
  • Michigan: Mod Obama -> Weak Obama
  • Minnesota: Mod Obama -> Weak Obama
  • Mississippi: Strong McCain -> Solid McCain
  • Montana: Mod McCain -> Solid McCain
  • Nevada: Weak Obama -> Weak McCain
  • New Mexico: Mod Obama -> Weak Obama
  • North Carolina: Weak McCain -> Strong McCain
  • Pennsylvania: Mod Obama -> Weak Obama
  • South Dakota: Strong McCain -> Solid McCain
  • Texas: Strong McCain -> Solid McCain
  • Wisconsin: Mod Obama -> Weak Obama
Next update Monday, September 22.

Monday, September 15, 2008

Photo of the Day

The Sun managed to get past the Secret Service and interview Chuck Heath. In gorgeous tabloid style they try to make him look like a complete hick:
"She started shooting a gun when she was eight and shot her first animal when she was ten. It was something small, possibly a rabbit.

"She is a really good shot. I taught her to shoot a moose and dress it, to fish and hunt for game.

"We raised our family to be able to support ourselves — 90 per cent of our meat and fish we get ourselves."
This sort of condescension might work among the urban elite, but they were going to vote for Obama anyway. Out here in the sticks we know plenty of people just like Chuck Heath and we think pretty highly of them.

On A More Serious Note

We're starting to see more and more of this.
Polls can mask racism, but ballots won't

Of all the mysteries in this confounding presidential election, this may be the most significant question of all: How many voters will ultimately decide they can't vote for an African-American?
And this:
Yes, political gravity would seem to favor the Democratic candidate after two terms of Republican control of the White House. Yet the possibility is very real: Barack Obama could lose.

If that happens, then what? How will I feel? How will other black Americans feel? How should people like me feel?
Poorly? The implication is that they might feel a tad worse.

But how will they know? How will the know what evil lurks in the hearts of men? Here's the money quote:
Whether black onlookers believe that this election was decided "on the real issues" and that Obama was "judged fairly" will be shaped in part by future developments, including the nature of the campaign in its closing weeks (will race-baiting intensify?) and the demographics of the final voting tally (will people who have traditionally voted Democrat vote differently this time around?). [emphasis added]
So if you traditionally vote Democrat and you decide this year that Obama's just a little too far to the left, you might just be a racist.

The Discount John McCain

Joe McCain, John's little brother, seems to be having fun on the campaign trail.
One night I was working on a speech and went out of my room to the place where there were some soft drinks. Being in a bathrobe, I forgot my Secret Service pin. A tall guy in a dark suit and that coiled white earpiece stepped in front of me and politely asked who I was. Now, I look so much like John that they call me the Discount John McCain, but I understood the guy had a serious job to do, I explained I had forgotten to put it on. He accompanied me back to my room to fetch it, asking me politely to keep it on when leaving my room. I thanked him for doing his job. I don't think he smiled the whole time. And I look kind of funny in this white samurai bathrobe a former girlfriend gave me.
He has some nice things to say about Mrs. Palin, too.

Thanks to Greg for spotting this one.

Democrats Panic

Robert Stacy McCain:
Three months ago, Obama strategist David Plouffe wowed the Washington press corps with a presentation naming as "battlegrounds" such states as Georgia, North Carolina and Montana -- even Alaska! -- that President Bush had carried by double-digit margins.

These prospects were only imaginable in the event of a massive Democratic landslide, which Team Obama strongly urged Democrats to imagine. Yet the latest polls indicate nothing of the kind -- McCain leads by double-digit margins in Montana (+11), Georgia (+13) and North Carolina (+17). Polls also show McCain holding steady leads in such swing states as Missouri and Florida, while holding close in Democatic blue states like Pennsylvania and Michigan. (And, for obvious reasons, Alaska is off the table.)

Instead of the landslide that Plouffe seemed to promise, what Democrats now face is another hard-fought battle for a relative handful of swing states, and recent experience doesn't give them confidence that they can win that kind of fight -- especially with Ohio now trending Republican....
Click through for more links.

Sunday, September 14, 2008

Cranberry Festival Report

This year's theme was from The Beatles' Magical Mystery Tour: Cranberry Fields Forever. Lots of flowers and beads and granny glasses and peace signs. Far out, man. Here's the Queen and Court.

Friday night's Cranberry Pizza was especially good, and the Cranberry Wine wasn't bad either. We also bought some Cranberry Catsup. On the way back Sunday afternoon we stopped by Mom's and had some Cranberry Cookies.

After the parade we had to try the Orbitron. Your feet are strapped in firmly and there's a belt around your waist. You start it moving just by shifting your weight. There's no good way to stop it.

The first thing I realized was that I wasn't going to be able to keep track of which way was up. Not that it mattered anyway.

Saturday, September 13, 2008

Cranberry Fields Forever

We're watching the parade right now.

Never Knew What Hit Them

Michael Barone picks up on the OODA loop meme.
I am not the only one to notice that John McCain and Sarah Palin have gotten inside the Obama campaign's (and mainstream media's) OODA loop. Blogger Charlie Martin sprang into pixels on www.americanthinker.com before I could spring into print with this column. But as I write, Barack Obama is in his second daily news cycle of explaining why his "lipstick on a pig" comments are not a sexist attack on the hockey mom who compared herself to a pit bull with lipstick.

Robert Coram describes what can happen when one player gets inside another's OODA loop. "If someone truly understands how to create menace and uncertainty and mistrust, then how to exploit and magnify the presence of these disconcerting elements, the loop can be vicious, a terribly destructive force, virtually unstoppable in causing panic and confusion and — Boyd's phrase is best — 'unraveling the competition.' ... The most amazing aspect of the OODA loop is that the losing side rarely understands what happened."
We noted the Charlie Martin article back in August.

The Ambush Doctrine

Charles Krauthammer, who coined the term, on the Bush Doctrine.
Yes, Sarah Palin didn't know what it is. But neither does Charlie Gibson. And at least she didn't pretend to know -- while he looked down his nose and over his glasses with weary disdain, sighing and "sounding like an impatient teacher," as the Times noted. In doing so, he captured perfectly the establishment snobbery and intellectual condescension that has characterized the chattering classes' reaction to the mother of five who presumes to play on their stage.

Friday, September 12, 2008

Arm In Arm

With the U.S. Army.

That photo won't win her any liberal votes. But she and John McCain don't need any liberal votes to win. All they need is a majority.

Wascally Wabbits

Mark Steyn was in fine form last night.
When Howie [Howard Kurtz, Washington Post] claims he's getting really really mad, I wonder if he realizes he sounds like Elmer Fudd warning Bugs Bunny "You're making me vewy vewy angwy" right after he's shot his own butt off.
Go ahead and read it all.

Thursday, September 11, 2008

Dear Mr. Obama

By way of Neo-Neocon, a blogger we should watch more closely. As she says, watch it 'till the end.

Obama's Granny Gets Robbed

This has got to be the Quote of the Day:
""These are just people from around who think that Obama has been sending me a lot of money."?
—Sarah Hussein Obama
Whereas he ain't been sendin' her diddly/squat.

Remember, fellas: family counts.

Kudus To Castro

And one more reason to go with Fedora:
Johannesburg — The third recipient of the Ubuntu Award is former president of Cuba Fidel Castro, the National Heritage Council of South Africa (NHCSA) announced on Thursday....

The Ubuntu Award recognises people who have consistently lived the humanitarian values of the African philosophy of Ubuntu.

The first and second awards were received by former South African President Nelson Mandela and former Zambian President Kenneth Kaunda respectively.

It's The Finish That Counts

Charles Krauthammer:
The Democrats are in a panic. In a presidential race that is impossible to lose, they are behind. Obama devotees are frantically giving advice. Tom Friedman tells him to "start slamming down some phones." Camille Paglia suggests, "Be boring!"

Meanwhile, a posse of Democratic lawyers, mainstream reporters, lefty bloggers and various other Obamaphiles are scouring the vast tundra of Alaska for something, anything, to bring down Sarah Palin: her daughter's pregnancy, her ex-brother-in-law problem, her $60 per diem, and now her religion. (CNN reports — news flash! — that she apparently has never spoken in tongues.)

Not since Henry II asked if no one would rid him of his turbulent priest, have so many so urgently volunteered for duty....

What I Saw at the Devastation

This is what everyone in New York says, sooner or later, when they talk about what happened: "It was such a beautiful day. It was the most beautiful day of the year." It was. Clear stunning cloudless skies, warm but not hot, a breeze. It was so clear that everyone in town and Jersey and the outer boroughs--everyone could see the huge, thick plumes and clouds of black and gray smoke. Everyone could see what happened.

And when it began, everyone was doing something innocent. It was morning in New York in the fall and workers were getting coffee and parents were taking their children to school....
Peggy Noonan, September 13, 2001, in The Wall Street Journal.

This is the article I want my children to read, and my grandchildren, when they reach this point in history class. This is what it felt like, in those days and weeks immediately after, to be an American.

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Carried Away

What The Anchoress really thinks:
I am not certain Sen. Obama actually wants this job, either. I keep remembering what he said when he first got elected to the senate, that he in no way had the experience to be running for President. Then he promptly ran for president. But I don't think he thought it would go this far. I think he thought he'd make a good start on a future run, maybe even be the bottom of a Hillary ticket, whereupon he would be ready to sail into office in 8 years with veep experience. But the gaga/adoring media, and Hillary's own gaffes, (and maybe his own surprised ego) coupled with his charisma switched the trajectories on him. I have felt for several weeks that he is now holding on with both hands yelling "noooooooooo - this is not what I'd planned."
What I think: Michelle put him up to it.

Revolution You Can Believe In

Melanie Phillips in the Spectator:
In her game-changing convention speech, Sarah Palin took a swipe at Obama for having been nothing more in his life than a 'community organiser'.

This prompted the Obama campaign to issue a pained defence of community organisation as a way of promoting social change 'from the bottom up'. The impression is that community organising is a worthy if woolly and ultimately ineffectual grassroots activity. This is to miss something of the greatest importance: that in the world of Barack Obama, community organisers are a key strategy in a different game altogether; and the name of that game is revolutionary Marxism....
If this is news to you, read it all.

Another Plot Twist?

So Obama and Bill Clinton are going to do lunch.

Oh, to be a fly on the wall at that meeting.

Joe Biden almost gave the game away today.

Hang on. So far this campaign has had more twists and turns than a Mexican road race. It's not half over yet.

Sweetheart of the Heartland

Robert Stacy McCain reports on the Lebanon rally in the American Spectator.

The pictures are on his blog. If you're in a hurry I recommend the pictures—worth a thousand words each.

Sure, Kick Him When He's Down

The McCain campaign has released a Lipstick ad.

Tuesday, September 09, 2008

Psycho Analysis

Lipstick on a pig, my Muslim faith, these are just Freudian slips, guys; they mean nothing. Just the sub-conscious mind reaching up and trying to strangle the Ego. Good luck on that.

Not Such A Small-Town Girl

James Bennett of the Telegraph points up the truth.
Far from being a reprise of Mr Smith Goes to Washington, Palin was a clear-eyed politician who, from the day she took office, knew exactly what she had to do and whose toes she would step on to do it.

The surprise is not that she has been in office for such a short time but that she has succeeded in each of her objectives. She has exposed corruption; given the state a bigger share in Alaska's energy wealth; and negotiated a deal involving big corporate players, the US and Canadian governments, Canadian provincial governments, and native tribes - the result of which was a £13 billion deal to launch the pipeline and increase the amount of domestic energy available to consumers. This deal makes the charge of having "no international experience" particularly absurd.

In short, far from being a small-town mayor concerned with little more than traffic signs, she has been a major player in state politics for a decade, one who formulated an ambitious agenda and deftly implemented it against great odds.

McCain-Palin in Lebanon

I watched about seven minutes of the rally in Lebanon, Ohio, today. They looked energized. McCain looks twenty years younger. He's having fun.

You Tube has video.

More still pictures here.

Red-State Feminism

Kay S. Hymowitz in City Journal.
Whatever Palin's political impact, her cultural significance is profound. For better and for worse, she introduces a new and likely long-running cultural type to the national stage—the red-state feminist.
A good read.

Monday, September 08, 2008

Feline Squatters

With real estate values plummeting and foreclosed homes sitting empty, a family of bobcats apparently decided the time was right to pounce.

So last week, they slipped out of the parched foothills of Lake Elsinore and into a spacious, vacant home in well-groomed Tuscany Hills....
From the Los Angeles Times.

A Party That Takes Women Seriously

More jaw-dropping stuff from the San Francisco Chronicle:
In the shadow of the blatant and truly stunning sexism launched against the Hillary Rodham Clinton presidential campaign, and as a pro-choice feminist, I wasn't the only one thrilled to hear Republican John McCain announce Gov. Sarah Palin as his running mate. For the GOP, she bridges for conservatives and independents what I term "the enthusiasm gap" for the ticket. For Democrats, she offers something even more compelling — a chance to vote for a someone who is her own woman, and who represents a party that, while we don't agree on all the issues, at least respects women enough to take them seriously.
Tammy Bruce in a Sunday Op-Ed.

The Swing Continues

Gallup's calling it a bounce. It's not a bounce, it's a takeoff.

In The Mail Today

Sarah: How a Hockey Mom Turned Alaska's Political Establishment on Its Ear by Kaylene Johnson.

Hardcover now out of print. Used copies available on Amazon starting at $75.

Fortunately for you Amazon now has the paperback in stock and shipping.

The first chapter (PDF) is here.

Sunday, September 07, 2008

Willie Brown on Sarah Palin

I did a double-take on this one. Yes, this really is Willie Brown, the former mayor of San Francisco and the longest-running Speaker of the California State Assembly. These are his comments in the San Francisco Chronicle, verbatim.
The Democrats are in trouble. Sarah Palin has totally changed the dynamics of this campaign.

Period.

Palin's speech to the GOP National Convention on Wednesday has set it up so that the Republicans are now on offense and Democrats are on defense. And we don't do well on defense.

Suddenly, Palin and John McCain are the mavericks and Barack Obama and Joe Biden are the status quo, in a year when you don't want to be seen as defending the status quo.

From taxes to oil drilling, Democrats are now going to have to start explaining their positions.

Whenever you start having to explain things, you're on defense.

I actually went back and watched Palin's speech a second time. I didn't go to sleep until 1:30 a.m. I had to make sure I got the lines right.

Her timing was exquisite. She didn't linger with applause, but instead launched into line after line of attack, slipping the knives in with every smile and joke.

And she delivered it like she was just BS-ing on the street with the meter maid.

She didn't have to prove she was "of the people." She really is the people.

There is one thing she should have done: announced when her 17-year-old daughter and the teenage father of the girl's unborn child are getting married and invited all of us to the wedding. It should be like Sunday at church.

As for Palin herself, she is going to be very, very effective on the campaign trail, especially if McCain's people can figure out how to gently keep her from getting into confrontations with the press.

If she can answer questions like she handled herself at the convention, Palin will turn out to be the most interesting person in all of politics, and the press will treat her like they treated Obama when he was first discovered.

And remember, the Palin bandwagon needs to roll for only two months.

Fuelng the Fascination

An article from the February 2008 issue of Vogue, with a snap of that Piper Super Cub. One fine-looking plane.

The Swing Begins

Princeton, NJ:
The latest Gallup Poll Daily tracking update shows John McCain moving ahead of Barack Obama, 48% to 45%, when registered voters are asked for whom they would vote if the presidential election were held today.

These results are based on Sept. 4-6 interviewing, and include two full days of polling after the conclusion of the Republican National Convention last Thursday night. McCain has outpolled Obama on both Friday and Saturday, and is receiving a convention bounce just as Obama did last week.

Tomorrow's report will be the first in which all interviews were conducted after the conclusion of the convention....
Stay tuned.

Saturday, September 06, 2008

Another Extract From Sarah

The Times of London has an extract from Sarah: How a Hockey Mom Turned Alaska's Political Establishment on Its Ear by Kaylene Johnson.
The small Alaskan town of Wasilla sits on the merging deltas of the Matanuska and Susitna rivers in an area known as the Valley, an hour's drive from Anchorage. It is a casual, mostly rural place where dog mushers, farmers, homesteaders and other independent sorts mind their own business — and expect others to do the same — and who don't worry much about government encumbrances such as zoning laws....
Worth reading in its entirety.

I've ordered the book but don't hope to see it soon. The first chapter (PDF) is here.

A Friend In Sarkozy

And by the way we now have a pro-American president of France, which shows you if you live long enough anything can happen!
John McCain in Colorado Springs, just now.

Update: We've been watching live streaming video from KKTV in Colorado Springs.

This blog has sneered at internet video in the past, but we may change our mind. It's so easy to google "colorado springs television" for instance, and get a dozen stations's web sites, most of which will offer streaming video, like this, of local events which you will likely never see on your nightly news broadcast.

In fact, you will likely never see most of this on KKTV's broadcast, either. They didn't want to interrupt their broadcast of a tennis game, so this video was only available on the web.

Now, if we could just figure out this "You Tube" thingy...

Two On The Palin Family

Backstage at the Hilton with the Sun-Times gossip columnist.
The upshot: "The governor and her husband are an incredibly supportive team who always keep each other in check," a Sneed source said. "If she is looking for a missing page of her speech, he knows just where it is, and vice versa. One or the other will be saying 'don't forget to give the baby a bottle.'"
As I lay awake last night I thought, "Michigan today, tomorrow Colorado in the morning and New Mexico in the afternoon. Those poor kids."

I needn't have worried: The Telegraph reports that
As Mrs Palin headed off to campaign alone for the first time this weekend, her husband Todd, a part-Eskimo fisherman, oil worker and snowmobile race champion, arrived back at their lakeside home with four of their five children.

They were driven down the private gravel track by the Secret Service convoy that will now accompany them whenever they move. Life in Wasilla is never going to be the same again.
But at least they're home with Dad and Grandma and Grandpa.

Go, Mom!

Friday, September 05, 2008

Heh

What's the difference between a "community organizer" and a Chihuahua?

The Chihuahua will eventually shut up.

—Michael Roberson as quoted by James Taranto.

Update: David Burge undertakes a stirring (or at least addled) defense of the profession of community organization.

Proud For The First Time

Essayist Bill Whittle in the National Review.
Two masterstrokes were accomplished in the last two days of this year's Republican National Convention. In her first appearance on the national stage — which can only be called a tectonic event — Sarah Palin secured the conservative base for maverick John McCain, while also reaching out to Democratic women. Then on Thursday night, John McCain struck again, making a play for the rest of the Democratic party....
Yes, that's Bill Whittle of Eject! Eject! Eject!, breaking into the big time.

"For the first time, I feel like we deserve to win more than they deserve to lose."

Memories of Wasilla

Lawrence Henrey in The American Spectator.
Wasilla comes into play because, having sobered up, I suddenly found myself with quite a lot of money on hand, in cash. That's one of the cultural markers of Alaska: having a lot of money. Having a lot of money young. And, in Alaska, just about everybody flies. So I decided to take flying lessons, something I had always wanted to do.

A friend of the band put me in touch with a flying instructor named Mark. Mark told me to meet him at the Wasilla airport Sunday at 9 a.m....

...I cruised the entire town in a matter of minutes, seeing no airport. So I stopped at the Iditarod Cafe, an all-American kind of diner and grill festooned with souvenirs of the Iditarod Sled Dog Race, and asked where the airport was.

"Right out there," said the man behind the counter, pointing to the back door.

I opened the back door, stepped out, and nearly got beheaded by a roaring tail-dragger, taxiing on the gravel....
He's got some points to make, too. Read it all.

Thursday, September 04, 2008

The Comparison Was Inevitable

Margaret Thatcher was a 49-year-old mother of two when she became Conservative Party leader in 1974.

Read Barbara Amiel in The Wall Street Journal.

Sarah Palin Bio Video

Here's the video they didn't have time to show last night.

The Transcript

As opposed to the prepared remarks released before the speech yesterday, these are the actual words, including improvisation and crowd reaction, of the Sarah Palin GOP convention speech.

At the Chicago Sun-Times, courtesy of Federal News Service.

The Week

It has been—or it will have been tomorrow morning—one week since John McCain announced his choice of Sarah Palin as his running mate. It has been one long eventful week culminating in The Speech last night, the video of which I posted this morning at 3:12 AM.

After doing so I scrolled down to review the week's posts. The effect was such that I wanted to freeze that moment in time, beginning at the bottom with a few comments on the Obama speech and ending at the top, this morning, with The Speech. The very next post, this one as it turns out, would mar the effect. So I took a snapshot. A snapshot of a single week Friday, August 29, to Thursday, September 04, 2008.

A week in history. The links may fade over time as internet links do, and this blog too will eventually pass, but that moment, as it happened, as we remember it, will last forever.

The Speech

Vice Presidential nominee Sarah Palin
at the Republican National Convention
September 3, 2008

Wednesday, September 03, 2008

Out Of The Ballpark

Over the grandstands.

Into orbit.

It's all over but the voting.

Update: Haven't found reliable video yet.
The Strib has the MP3. Rip and write one for the ages.

Puffington Host has an MSNBC video, but I can't get it to embed here. Go over there and watch it. Soak up a little socialist bandwidth. It's all Sarah Palin anyway.

In Other News

We briefly interrupt our all-Palin-all-the-time blogging for two off-topic stories.

First, Spengler in the Asia Times on How Obama Lost the Election.
On television, Obama's spectacle might have looked like The Ten Commandments, but inside the stadium it felt like Night of the Living Dead. The longer the candidate spoke, and the more money he promised to spend on alternative energy, preschool education, universal health care, and other components of the Democratic pinata, the lower the party professionals slouched into their seats.
Worth reading in its entirety, but not necessarily now; it will keep very well without refrigeration until November 5th.

Second, Sherry Jones, author of The Jewel of Medina, a historical novel about the prophet Muhammad and his child bride, has found a publisher.
Random House, which paid Jones $100,000 for "The Jewel of Medina" and a second book, spiked the novel about Muhammad and his third wife, Aisha, after concerns were raised by non-Muslims that the contents might spark violence.

Random House said at the time that "credible and unrelated sources" had warned that the book "could incite acts of violence by a small, radical segment."
To hell with them.

OK. Back to Palinmania. Sa-RAH. Sa-RAH. Sa-RAH...

Tarmac Wedding

"I now pronounce you man and wife. Geez, glad that's over."

Robert Stacy McCain has the video.

It's just the raw feed from AP and you can't hear a thing over the jet engines, but the body language was obvious. McCain picked up the young couple's hands, held them together, and said a few words to make them both blush.

If he'd been standing on a boat instead of a tarmac it would have been legal.

Sizing Up Sarah

A cynical Alaskan in the American Thinker:
She reminds me personally of our Alaska wolverine which will fight anything in its path if it sees fit to do so. No respect at all for size or position.

Horrifying the Margaret Sanger Left

George Neumayr in The American Spectator.
This much is clear: the Palin family is horrifying to the Margaret Sanger left. In Palin, it envisions messy, unplanned Middle America coming to the White House. First off, Palin has too many children, a dismaying five. Second, she bore a child late in life who has Down syndrome, and knew this beforehand. Finally, she has a daughter who is pregnant out of wedlock, plans to have the child and marry the father -- all of which smacks of the 1950s rather than the Sexual Revolution and its tidy solutions.

Warning From A Pro

Peggy Noonan has been there and knows.
Palin's friends should be less immediately worried about what the Obama campaign will do to her than what the McCain campaign will do. This is a woman who's tough enough to work her way up and through, and to say yes to a historic opportunity, but she will know little of, or rather have little experience in, the mischief inherent in national Republican politics. She will be mobbed up in the McCain campaign by people who care first about McCain and second about themselves. (Or, let's be honest, often themselves first and then McCain.) Palin will never be higher than number three in their daily considerations.

Fred Thompson

On Sarah Palin:
I think I can say without fear of contradiction that she is the only nominee in the history of either party who knows how to properly field-dress a moose... with the possible exception of Teddy Roosevelt.

She and John McCain are not going to care how much the alligators get irritated when they get to Washington, they are going to drain that swamp!

Tuesday, September 02, 2008

They Can't Help Themselves

Michelle Malkin outlines the four stages
  1. infantilization
  2. sexualization
  3. demonization
  4. dehumanization
of Conservative Female Abuse.
There's something about outspoken conservative women that drives the left mad. It's a peculiar pathology I've reported on for more than 15 years, both as a witness and a target. Thus, the onset of Palin Derangement Syndrome in the media, Democratic circles and the cesspools of the blogosphere came as no surprise. They just can't help themselves.

OK, He's Not Quite...

...as ugly as the Democrats had hoped.
He's a superhunky bad-boy ice hockey player from cold country; she's a chestnut-haired beauty and popular high school senior.

The all-American teen twosome will make GOP vice presidential pick and Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin a grandma at age 44 — just in time for Christmas.
I expect we'll see him at the convention tomorrow night, standing by his girl. If he knows what's good for him.

Monday, September 01, 2008

More Like Northern Exposure

Nathan Thornburgh reports from Wasilla, Alaska:
So his name is Levi.

That's about the only thing that I didn't know about Bristol Palin's pregnancy. The rest of the details I picked up almost without trying, while talking about other things with townsfolk — some who know the governor and her family well, some who don't. It was, more or less, an open secret. And everyone was saying the same thing: the governor's 17-year-old daughter is pregnant, the father is her boyfriend, and it's really nobody's business beyond that.

I happen to agree.
(Via Instapundit)

Shipshape

After a fashion.
Sarah Palin's 17 Year Old Daughter, Bristol Palin, Is Pregnant
So much for the Disney-movie aspect of all this.