Yulia Tymoshenko must die!

September 16, 2008

Well, at least her picture in my blog has to go. I’ve mentioned before about strange searches that hit my blog, the most recent being a search on “Joe Biden lies” that comes from around the world. Weird. I never knew anyone in Lebanon was interested in Joe Biden’s honesty. Dont tell anyone

Anyway, the really odd one has been the thousands of hits I’ve received based on searches for Yulia Tymoshenko pictures. Like the Biden search, they come from around the world, but almost always with the same search terms. Sometimes they vanish for a while, then return in a flurry. They annoy me, because they skew the true traffic stats for this blog — just today, upwards of 90% of all hits were looking for Tymoshenko’s picture. I have this mental picture of an obsessive Ukrainian geek creating a bot to forever search the globe for pictures of his unattainable beloved. Alone, in his basement, in the dark…

Anyway, these raiders of the lost photo annoy me, so I’m deleting those pictures. And I bet I’ll soon have an accurate measure of the real traffic  here.

That could be sad.

Hockey Moms for Truth

September 16, 2008

At last, Sarah Palin’s real scandal comes out!


Shocking. Troubling. It raises questions. And will Andrew Sullivan blog about it??

(hat tip: Exurban League)


Poor Joe Biden

September 16, 2008

I mean, I don’t even like the guy, yet I’m embarrassed for him.


Mistress of disaster

September 16, 2008

I knew Jamie Gorelick was author in the Clinton administration of the infamous "wall" between intelligence work and criminal investigation, a barrier that materially contributed to the success of the 9/11 attacks. I also knew that she thus created a huge conflict of interest by sitting on the 9/11 commission board, when really she should have testified before it.

What I didn’t know was her role, as a Clinton appointee, as vice-chairman of Fannie Mae from 1997-2003. Fannie Mae (and it’s sibling Freddie Mac) are, as you know, at the center of a huge government bailout, and their collapse has threatened the existence of several major Wall St. financial firms with as yet unknown consequences for the American and global economies. Gorelick was there when the abusive management practices took off.

Which is why she earned an $800,000 bonus.

Remind me to steer clear of any place she’s in charge.


Over the top and three trenches deep

September 16, 2008

That’s an expression I learned from from British friends, derived from the pointless infantry charges of trench warfare in World War One; it refers to losing all sense of proportion and grossly overreacting. 

If you look past the third trench, you’ll see the Washington Post’s Richard Cohen vanishing into the distance. Here’s what he has to say about John McCain for his pick of Governor Sarah Palin:

What impressed me most about McCain was the effect he had on his audiences, particularly young people. When he talked about service to a cause greater than oneself, he struck a chord. He expressed his message in words, but he packaged it in the McCain story — that man, beaten to a pulp, who chose honor over freedom. This had nothing to do with access. It had to do with integrity.    

McCain has soiled all that. His opportunistic and irresponsible choice of Sarah Palin as his political heir — the person in whose hands he would leave the country — is a form of personal treason, a betrayal of all he once stood for. Palin, no matter what her other attributes, is shockingly unprepared to become president. McCain knows that. He means to win, which is all right; he means to win at all costs, which is not.

OK, Richard. Put down the venti latte (with double espresso shot) and take a deep breath. "Personal treason?" You’re being a wee bit hyperbolic here, not to mention factually wrong. 

Let’s just briefly review Palin’s qualifications: She’s been in politics for roughly 16 years, serving two terms on the Wasilla city council, two terms as its mayor (an executive mayor, not a ceremonial post), she’s chaired the Alaska Oil and Gas Commission, and she’s served two years as Alaska’s governor, managing an $11 billion budget (PDF) and supervising more than 24,000 state employees. She’s butted heads with her own party to clean up corruption. She is also commander of her state’s National Guard, which ain’t chopped liver. She’s running for Vice-President, the number two spot on her party’s ticket.

Barack Obama, on the other hand, is running for President, the number one spot on his party’s ticket. Over his career he’s been a lawyer, a community organizer, a director of the Woods Fund and chairman of the board of the Chicago Annenberg Challenge. He was a state senator for seven years (voting "present" 130 times) and became a US Senator in 2004. He has been a "party man" since the day he entered politics. For the last two years, he’s been running for president.

Tell me again who is "shockingly unprepared to become president?" The person with several years’ executive experience and intimate familiarity with our nation’s energy needs who’s running for VP, or The One with no executive experience whatsoever (and who told us we could save oil by keeping our tires inflated), but who wants the top job starting January 20th, 2009? You can ask that question with a straight face? 

Far from engaging in "personal treason," Senator McCain found someone who neatly fit his own principles of how government should be run. I think he’s very comfortable with the idea of Sarah Palin taking over from him when the time comes. That she appeals to core constituencies McCain needs to get elected was surely among his reasons, but just as surely not the only one.

I’ve generally liked Richard Cohen’s columns, even when I’ve disagreed with him. A dyed-in-the-wool left-liberal, he can still make reasonable arguments. But here, I think, he’s revealed for all to see that he’s fallen victim to the dread RDS — "Republican Derangement Syndrome." 

Don’t be afraid Richard; we’re here to help. Big Hug