Palin under questioning

October 1, 2008

A while back, I covered the allegation that the town of Wassila under then-Mayor Palin charged victims of rapes for their rape kits, a charge since shown to be false.

Now Candidate Palin has answered questions for her hometown newspaper. Neither softballs nor gotchas, of special note are her answers to the book-banning controversy, funding for special-needs children, and, of course, the rape-kit “scandal.”

I hate to say it (no I don’t) but the Mat-Su Valley Frontiersman seems to have done a better job of journalism regarding Palin than the New York Times or the Washington Post. Phbbbttt

(hat tip: Confederate Yankee)

UPDATE: via Hot Air, Palin is interviewed by (ugh) Sean Hannity on his radio show. This is the Palin I hope shows up at the debate Thursday, the Palin of the 2006 Alaska gubernatorial debates:



Ohio elections watch

October 1, 2008

Ohio began early voting yesterday. It’s time, then for a reminder of how the Ohio Secretary of State may be trying to steal the election for Barack Obama.

Ever since Ohio Secretary of State Jennifer Brunner was elected following the near-Democratic sweep of statewide offices in November 2006, she has worked steadily to give her party the edge it needs to win the White House in 2008.

Knowing that no Republican has ever won the presidency without Ohio, and that the Buckeye State gave George W. Bush his electoral margin of victory in 2004, Brunner has turned a blind eye to massive voter fraud throughout the state by Democratic party-aligned groups like ACORN. She is also flagrantly violating Ohio election law and pulling out all the stops for her man, Barack Obama, in this battleground state.

Read the whole thing.

Boss Tweed would be proud.

I’m voting Democrat because….

October 1, 2008

An amusing response to an anti-Republican ad running on Lefty web sites:


Cute. Hee hee


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Obama Youth sing! (The North Korean remix)

October 1, 2008

Via Campaign Standard:


Somehow, I think they’ve captured the essence of the Left’s spirit in this.

Excuse me while I go reread Orwell.  Hypnotized

The post-partisan, bridge-building candidate throws himself under the bus

October 1, 2008

The words of the Prophet Barack (Hope! Change! Waffles!) on why he didn’t intervene (unlike a real leader) in the congressional negotiations over a bailout package last weekend:

"I don’t think me calling House Republican members would have been that helpful. I tend not to be that persuasive on that side of the aisle."

I thought one of his self-proclaimed great strengths (and a reason to make him president) was his ability to bring people of disparate viewpoints together in a room and come to a consensus.

Must’ve been a mistake.

(hat tip: Campaign Standard)

UPDATE: As a friend puts it:

From “Sí, se puede” to “No, yo no puedo” in just over one week. Hee hee


Supreme Choices

October 1, 2008

One of the crucial issues facing us in the election is the likelihood that the next president will appoint two to four justices of the Supreme Court. As I wrote here, Obama’s likely choices make me very uncomfortable.

Judicial Confirmation Network takes a different look at what an Obama presidency might mean for the court and came up with this ad:


Yes, it’s an attack ad, but I think the questions it raises about Obama’s discretion and judgement are valid and worth considering. If the Prophet Barack can see no problem being pals with Ayers, Rezko, and Wright, do we really want him choosing justices of the Supreme Court? Shame on you

(hat tip: Campaign Standard)


Can we say "conflict of interest?"

October 1, 2008

I’m not one to scream in outrage at the drop of a hat (Well, maybe once in a while… Blushing ), but this is egregious:

Questions are being raised about PBS anchor Gwen Ifill’s objectivity after news surfaced that she is releasing a new book promoting Barack Obama and other black politicians who have benefited from the civil rights struggle.

Ifill is moderating Thursday night’s vice-presidential debate between Joe Biden and Sarah Palin. Her book, "The Breakthrough: Politics and Race in the Age of Obama," is due to be released about the same time the next president takes the oath of office. 

In her book, Ifill contends that the black political structure of the civil rights movement has cleared the way for post-racial politicians to ascend to new heights.

Now some are wondering whether Ifill can be fair and balanced, and whether she should be the moderator of Thursday’s 9 p.m. ET debate.

"Clearly her books aren’t going to do as well unless Obama wins, so it looks like she has some investment, literally, in one candidate or the other. And she’s supposed to be sitting there as a neutral arbiter during the debate," said NPR’s Juan Williams, a FOX News contributor. "I think the world of Gwen Ifill but I know there’s a perception problem."

No kidding, Juan. Ifill’s book is scheduled to come out on Inauguration Day in January. Gee, does anyone think sales of her book might be affected if it’s released on the day Obama is inaugurated? Didn’t this hint to anyone at the debate sponsors that maybe, just maybe, Ifill has a financial interest in VP nominee Biden doing well in Thursday’s debate with Sarah Palin, which Ifill is moderating?

Conflict of interest? Whaddat?

A debate moderator is supposed to be a neutral arbitrator. How on Earth can anyone assume Ifill’s neutrality when she stands to make a lot of money on an Obama win?

Just to be clear, I’m not screaming conspiracy or anything of the sort. (Although media bias these days is blatant.) I’ve liked Ifill’s work on PBS’s Newshour. But the debate sponsors have a responsibility to provide as neutral a venue as possible, both for the candidates and the viewing public, who may well be influenced by the moderator. The public needs to know about Ifill’s financial interest in the outcome of this debate from the start. At a minimum, the sponsors should issue a press release that clarifies Ifill’s conflict of interest, and Ifill herself should make that clear before the cameras at the start of the debate.

At best, she should be replaced.

Want to make your opinion known? The telephone number of the Commission on Presidential Debates is 202-872-1020, and the email of Janet Brown, the executive director, is (h/t Michelle Malkin)

Really, what were they thinking? I dont know

LINKS: Patterico, Ed Morrissey, Sister Toldjah.

UPDATE: More from Howard Kurtz, Victor Davis Hanson, and Jennifer Rubin.


Oh, how … interesting

October 1, 2008

Someone marked the video "private" at YouTube.

Evidence of a guilty conscience? Thinking


UPDATE: Some enterprising soul has reposted it. Let us all sing, and be soothed by the absolute moral authority of The Children.