When classless morons attack, one in a series (I fear)

August 31, 2008

The Left has gone nuts over McCain’s selection of Governor Sarah Palin as his running-mate, and that’s "nuts" as in stark raving mad. I already covered one glorious moment in Lefty misogyny here, but Jeff at Protein Wisdom collects them all (so far) in one jaw-dropping list of Palin’s supposed sins. Here’s a sample:

7) Palin’s good looks (which really aren’t good at all: she’s got ghastly hair, and the windburned color of a high plains strumpet) suggest she was chosen for the ticket, according to some CNN pool reporters, because she’s giving McCain regular hummers. How else to explain it? I mean, Eleanor Clift and her fellow reporters literally laughed at the choice. Is McCain serious? This woman has virtually no experience! Unlike Obama — who, though he doesn’t have experience, cannot be held responsible for such a gaping hole in his resume. Institutional racism, you see. Experience is relative. It’s a black thing, you wouldn’t understand. Says Whitey.

Congratulations John McCain: You obviously sank their battleship.

 


A blooper for the record books

August 31, 2008

We knew Obama’s origins were unusual, but miraculous? Rolling on the floor

 

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About that experience issue

August 31, 2008

Sorry for the light blogging this weekend; real life kept intervening, dagnabbit. Doh

Anyway, this whole "are you experienced" issue between the McCain and Obama camps is getting tiresome and, with the appearance of Sarah Palin on the scene, confusing. To set the stage, let’s recap:

First, the Obama campaign says we are not to worry about the Prophet Barack’s lack of on the job experience, because his superior judgement will be all that’s needed. Meanwhile, the McCain campaign, conservative pundits, and Center-Right bloggers have countered that, in these dangerous times, we need someone with a lot of experience, especially in foreign affairs and questions of war and peace. Indeed, with my primary concern being foreign affairs and national security, this argument is one reason among many that I plan to vote for McCain.

So, just to throw a monkey-wrench into the machine, McCain then picks as his running-mate a woman who’s early in her first term as governor and, prior to that, had executive experience only as mayor of a small town and running her own business. Doesn’t that make hash of the "inexperienced" argument against the Harbinger of Hope, Change, and Waffles? In fact, the Obama camp wasted no time going after her on that very issue:

Today, John McCain put the former mayor of a town of 9,000 with zero foreign policy experience a heartbeat away from the presidency.

You have to admit, the Obama people have chutzpah.

Here’s my take on "experience." First, it’s hard to argue that Obama is too inexperienced. After all, Abraham Lincoln, while a national figure prior to his election, had only served one term as a congressman and had only a few months of militia experience. Yet he did pretty well guiding the nation through its greatest crisis. So that argument shouldn’t be overemphasized. I prefer McCain not because Obama is inexperienced, but because McCain has for more and far more relevant experience.

But what about Palin? Well, first let us be amused by the fact that the Obama campaign is clearly so concerned that their candidate for president looks inexperienced that they’re attacking the other side’s vice-presidential candidate. That has to be embarrassing, if they’d only stop to think about it.

Frankly, I think she’s more experienced than a lot of candidates for vice-president: granted, she’s only been governor for two years and, as mayor of Wasilla she ran a small town, still the executive experience she gained from those two jobs is more than Obama and Biden have combined. And Alaska is a major energy-producing state: dealing every day with oil and gas companies, conservation groups, and the federal government (which owns much of Alaska), she’s had to make plenty of decisions.

She’s even had relevant experience as commander in chief: the Alaska governor is the commander of the state’s national guard, and it shouldn’t be forgotten that Alaska borders two foreign countries, one of which, Russia, has a history of hostility toward the US and is again growing hostile. Jonah Goldberg relates a letter he received testifying to Palin’s commander-in-chief resume:

Before you dismiss that Commander of the Alaska National Guard stuff. This came from a reader who plays the game and it jibes with my knowledge.

Alaska is the first line of defense in our missile interceptor defense system.  The 49th Missile Defense Battalion of the Alaska National Guard is the unit that protects the entire nation from ballistic missile attacks.  It’s on permanent active duty, unlike other Guard units.

As governor of Alaska, Palin is briefed on highly classified military issues, homeland security, and counterterrorism.  Her exposure to classified material may rival even Biden’s.

She’s also the commander in chief of the Alaska State Defense Force (ASDF), a federally recognized militia incorporated into Homeland Security’s counterterrorism plans.

Palin is privy to military and intelligence secrets that are vital to the entire country’s defense.  Given Alaska’s proximity to Russia, she may have security clearances we don’t even know about.

According to the Washington Post, she first met with McCain in February, but nobody ever found out.  This is a woman used to keeping secrets.

She can be entrusted with our national security, because she already is.

So, I think Palin has plenty of experience, even compared to Obama. But, as I said, it shouldn’t be overemphasized, for experience doesn’t necessarily predict how that person will perform in office: Jimmy Carter was a trained nuclear submariner, but he also turned out to be one of our worst presidents. Character matters more than experience and, in my opinion, McCain-Palin far outshines Obama-Biden on issues of character.

But that’s an essay for another day.

Oh, and as a reward for working your way through this entry, please enjoy the obligatory Sarah Palin beauty-queen photo:

Sarah Palin Miss Wasilla 

Eat your heart out, Joe Biden. Love Struck

LINKS: John Steele Gordon makes some of the same points as I do and mentions two other examples of inexperienced VPs who turned out OK: Harry Truman and Theodore Roosevelt.


When classless morons attack

August 29, 2008

Over at the Daily Kos, diarist Inky99 speculates that Governor Palin may have faked her last pregnancy to cover for her teenaged daughter.

Every time I think that site has hit bottom, some yutz there digs a bit deeper.

 


As if there’s a choice?

August 29, 2008

   

 

 

C’mon. Who would you rather see on the nightly news for the next four years? Day dreaming

 

 

 

Joe Biden?

 

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Or Sarah Palin?

     

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I thought so. Big Grin

 

Seriously, I think McCain’s made an interesting choice here. While the Obama team already has attacked Palin for inexperience (LBJ’s remark about the wisdom of urinating upwind comes to mind.), the fact is she has a proven record as a reform governor who has fought corruption in her own state and her own party. Obama’s record simply can’t match that – and he’s leading his party’s ticket! (Although he does have a record of trying to silence his opponents when they try to examine that record…)

                                           

This may be the first time I’ve ever genuinely looked forward to the vice-presidential debate.  Cool

 

 

 


In case you’re wondering

August 28, 2008

I won’t be watching Obama’s acceptance speech tonight. Yes, it’s a genuinely historic moment in America’s life story, and it’s something in which all Americans should take justifiable pride, but cults of personality still make me queasy. Sick

 


Direct hit

August 28, 2008

John McCain’s latest ad:

 

Applause

 


Are they mocking themselves?

August 27, 2008

I mean, even the acolytes of the Prophet Barack couldn’t seriously think it a good idea to have him appear for his acceptance speech through a faux-Greek temple?

 

TempleAtInvesco

 

(via Fausta)

       

What’s next for the Cult of the One? Will Progressive maidens strew rose petals or palm fronds in his path? He already has Bon Jovi opening and Bruce Springsteen closing for him, but will his ascension entrance be accompanied by Also Sprach Zarathustra?

 

       

 

 

The Obama campaign must be so far into its own echo chamber that it can’t see how ridiculous all this fawning worship looks to the average American voter, who has a deep aversion to any candidate who comes across as smug and superior. And why oh why do they keep feeding the McCain campaign such good material?

 

I’m telln’ ya, this stuff is going come back to bite them in November. Loser

 

LINKS: Both Fausta and Ed note yet another Star Trek connection. Perhaps Obama will beam down to Denver? Also Sister Toldjah, Blue Crab Boulevard.

UPDATE: The Political Inquirer has come up with the perfect campaign photo for the event:

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What’s a prophet to do?

August 26, 2008

After last night’s opening of the Democratic National Convention, there was indeed a bounce in the polls.

For John McCain.

This has to be killing Howard the Duck Dean.

 

(hat tip: Weekly Standard)


Whoever runs McCain’s ad campaign….

August 25, 2008

Really deserves a raise for his or her work lately:

No prisoners. Applause

For more on Debra Bartoshevich and how she became a maverick (ahem), read this post by Ed Morrissey.


The Senator from MBNA

August 25, 2008

Obama’s "new politics" are looking an awful lot like the old politics, and Rick Moran looks at Joe Biden to see how his record meshes with the Prophet Barack’s (Hope! Change! Waffles!) soaring endorsement of him. As one example, how does the Harbinger of Hope’s professed deep concern for the economic health of the average American square with his running-mate’s screwing of those same Joe Six-Packs in the 2005 bankruptcy law?

It is unfortunate that if you were an underdog and looking for help from Senator Biden in getting out from under a load of debt by filing bankruptcy, you were given the back of his hand. It seems one of Senator Joe’s major contributors through the years was the bank holding company MBNA, the world’s largest issuer of credit cards who was pushing bankruptcy reform that would have been favorable to the credit card industry. Biden was one of the bill’s biggest proponents — and why not? MBNA executives contributed hundreds of thousands to his campaigns. And then there was the rather cozy personal relationship between Biden and MBNA executives:

"The relationship was also personal, with an MBNA executive’s buying Biden’s house at a favorable price, and one of his sons taking a job for a time as an MBNA management trainee, as the Wilmington News-Journal reported. Hey, it’s a small state.

"Biden returned MBNA’s favor by delivering key Democratic support for the company’s top legislative goal: the 2005 Bankruptcy Reform Act, which made it tougher for broke people to escape their credit card debt. Biden’s staff says he forced lenders to add special protections for low-wage workers and single mothers before he would back the bill."

What was it that Biden wrought with his support for this bill?

"It makes it harder for average people to file for bankruptcy protection; it makes it easier for landlords to evict a bankrupt tenant; it endangers child-support payments by giving a wider array of creditors a shot at post-bankruptcy income; it allows millionaires to shield an unlimited amount of equity in homes and asset-protection trusts; it makes it more difficult for small businesses to reorganize while opening new loopholes for the Enrons of the world; it allows creditors to provide misleading information; and it does nothing to rein in lending abuses that frequently turn manageable debt into unmanageable crises. Even in failure, ordinary Americans do not get a level playing field."

George Babbitt couldn’t have imagined a better bill.

As far as I know, the bill may have been worthwhile overall, but please —please— let’s not portray Joe Biden as some sort of fighter for the little guy.

FURTHER READING: Byron York has more about the Senator from MBNA.

 


I’ve got to ask

August 24, 2008

Why is the head of the Islamic Society of North America, an organization supportive of Hamas and the Muslim Brotherhood (PDF) and an unindicted co-conspirator in the trial of the Holy Land Foundation on charges of funding Hamas, addressing the Democratic national convention today? Apparently, they don’t know much about her — or choose not to look. Well, meet Ingrid Mattson.

For more about ISNA, look here, here (here, too), and here.

For more about Ingrid Mattson, look here, here, and here.

No, I’m not accusing the DNC of supporting jihad –except, perhaps, in the useful idiot sense– but inviting the head of ISNA to speak at the convention is an act born of a willful blindness that itself was midwifed by a doctrinaire political correctness and a reactionary multiculturalism.

We haven’t done this in a while, but the staff here at Public Secrets HQ (all one of us) agrees the Democratic National Committee has earned the coveted General Russel B. Honore commemorative Stuck on Stupid Award for the month of August.

Well done, Chairman Dean.

(hat tip: Jihad Watch)

 


Weird

August 23, 2008

Way back when, I posted a small item about Joe Biden (according to Obama, the next president of the United States) telling tall tales to school kids. It was a toss-off entry.

Since then, I’ve gotten a few hits every day from people searching Google with some variant of “Joe Biden lies.” Not too odd in itself; someone could, I suppose, be obsessed with Joe and his relationship with the truth. Since it was announced in the middle of the night last night that he was the Prophet Barack’s new BFF, however, the statistics for that search have gone through the roof. Odd, but that’s not the oddest thing about this.

These searches are coming from around the world, not just from across the US, but globally. It’s as if the greatest question on people’s minds was not war or famine or even Michael Phelps’ future, but whether Joe Biden told the truth. I mean, why was a guy in Peru searching “Biden lies?”

Is there a worldwide cabal stalking the senator from Delaware, or is this some crazy search-bot disguising its origin?

I dont know

 

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A reason to say no to Romney?

August 23, 2008

Interesting perspective. Not sure I agree, but thought-provoking.

UPDATE: Does Lieberman now have an edge?

 


Rapid Response

August 23, 2008

Ready. Aim. Fire.

 

I guarantee it: this is just the start. Dancing

 


Be still my beating heart!

August 23, 2008

No. The Prophet Barack really picked Senator Joe "Let me borrow your speech, Neil" Biden for his running-mate? The man who authored the single worst idea of the Iraq campaign? A plagiarist and braggart, not to mention a blowhard? An idiot who doesn’t know one-fourth as much about foreign affairs as his ego tells him? The Harbinger of Hope, Change, and Waffles picked this guy to give his campaign gravitas and depth in national security issues? The man who sank his own presidential campaign on the day he launched it in 2007 when he said about Obama: “I mean, you got the first mainstream African-American who is
articulate and bright and clean and a nice-looking guy,” he said. “I
mean, that’s a storybook, man.”
?

That Joe Biden??

 

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(courtesy Exurban League)

Oh, this is going to be fun! Assuming McCain picks Romney, he’ll mop the floor with Smoking Joe in their debate. Oh, heck. There are any number of Republicans that will expose this guy for the clown he is.

God must have registered Republican this year. Praying

LINKS: Pajamas Media, Jim Geraghty, Dan Riehl. Richard Miniter looks at Biden’s record. The Weekly Standard, Jennifer Rubin.Ed Morrissey marvels at how thoroughly the Hopenchange Express screwed up the VP rollout. Michelle Malkin, The Moderate Voice. Power Line reviews Biden’s greatest hits  here and here. Sister Toldjah. Fausta, meanwhile, brought the donuts

 


Tidying up

August 22, 2008

I thought I’d do a bit of rearranging here and so removed the blog’s subtitle, just to tidy things up a bit.

I know. You’re thrilled. Applause

 

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Obama’s moral equivalence

August 22, 2008

Victor Davis Hanson on the Prophet Barack’s equating our invasion of Iraq with the Russian rape of Georgia:

We didn’t have to wait long for the much anticipated morally-equivalent message from Barack Obama: “We’ve got to send a clear message to Russia and unify our allies. They can’t charge into other countries. Of course it helps if we are leading by example on that point.”

Let me get this straight: getting a Senate and House majority to authorize a bipartisan joint war-resolution, going to the UN, assembling a coalition, having a national and world debate on the wisdom of such an operation from December 2001 to March 2003, and then attacking a genocidal dictator, and staying on to foster a constitutional democracy are apparently the same "charge" "example" as an autocracy suddenly invading its democratic neighbor during the Olympics, and staying on to annex some of its territory?

What Obama said was utterly stupid, yet thoroughly typical of the so-called "progressive" world-view, which sees little difference between the actions of liberal democracies and those of brutal dictatorships*. It’s the same "blame America first" attitude that permeated the Carter administration and that Jeanne Kirkpatrick so famously denounced.

Do we really want to go through that again?

*(Don’t kid yourself. Democracy in Russia, if not dead already, lies in the gutter mortally wounded.)

(via Real Clear Politics)

LINKS: More at Blue Crab Boulevard.

 


Alliance of kittens

August 22, 2008

Charles Krauthammer on NATO’s reaction to the Russian rape of Georgia:

Read the first five paragraphs of the NATO statement on the Russian invasion of Georgia and you will find not a hint of who invaded whom. The statement is almost comically evenhanded. "We deplore all loss of life," it declared, as if deploring a bus accident. And, it "expressed its grave concern over the situation in Georgia." Situation, mind you.

It’s not until paragraph six that NATO, a 26-nation alliance with 900 million people and nearly half of world GDP, unsheathes its mighty sword, boldly declaring "Russian military action" — not aggression, not invasion, not even incursion, but "action" — to be "inconsistent with its peacekeeping role."

Having launched a fearsome tautology Moscow’s way, what further action does the Greatest Alliance Of All Time take? Cancels the next NATO-Russia Council meeting.

That’s it. No dissolution of the G-8. No blocking of Russian entry to the World Trade Organization. No suspension of participation in the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics (15 miles from the Georgian border). No statement of support for the Saakashvili government.

Now where have I seen this before? Hmmm…. Oh, yeah! Those little incidents involving the Rhineland, Sudetenland, and Austria in the 1930s! Now, what did they call that….?

How embarrassing. Moscow and Beijing (and al Qaeda) must be chuckling in their sleep. Even when faced by naked aggression from religious fascists and secular dictators, we can’t mount a consistent response.

It’s 1938, and things are going to get a lot worse before they get any better. The Bush administration is exhausted and, in a world that calls for another Teddy Roosevelt or Winston Churchill, there’s a good chance we may yet wind up with the son of the Carter administration.

Bismarck once said that God watches over fools, drunkards, children, and the United States. I hope he was right.

 


If poverty leads to terrorism and jihad

August 22, 2008

Why are so many jihadis well-educated engineers?

(via Jihad Watch)

 

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