Road to Hell

October 13, 2008

Michael Yon has a new photo-journal entry up about his travels on his own in Afghanistan, including photos of the men who recently ambushed and wiped out a French patrol: Road to Hell.

Sundry links

October 13, 2008

I'm going to be busy for the rest of the day, so I'll leave you with some links to pick through:

I've written before about my concerns regarding Barack Obama's commitment to the 1st Amendment. Michael Barone is himself worried and muses about an Obama Thugocracy. If a calm observer of US politics such as Barone is troubled, you should be, too.

Conservative writer Mark Levin goes off on a rant about Obama's cynical use of the race card, and more. (via ST.)

Stanley Kurtz looks at the roots of the financial crisis and finds the ACORN from which it grew, and Obama's role in tending it.

Prime Minister Maliki tells the British "Thanks, but you can go, now." Given the mess they let fester in the south of Iraq, I don't blame him. (via Ed Morrissey)

The Long War Journal has an interesting interview with our Ambassador to Iraq, Ryan Crocker. It's mostly out of the news these days, thanks to our success there and our own domestic events, but Iraq is still vitally important to the US.

Michael Ledeen is frustrated over the West's worship of the golden calf of negotiations with Iran, and our refusal to see evil when it stands in plain view before us.

The mainstream media has been going on and on the past couple of days about a few freelance nuts on the fringe giving vent to "Republican rage" at campaign rallies. Campaign Standard and Michelle Malkin snort at the hypocrisy and take the time to remind the Left of eight years of unhinged hatred on their part, much of it coming from public figures (via Fausta).

Since everyone's worried these days that we may be headed for another Great Depression (thank you, Barney Frank), this item from my alma mater is apropos: two UCLA researchers argue that FDR's policies lengthened the  Depression by at least seven years more than necessary. Let's keep that in mind as we look for a way out of this mess. (hat tip: Steve in TN)

And, since the news these days can be so gloomy, here's a little cheer-me-up.

Because everyone loves puppies. Big Hug

(source: Tanmonkey. Visit them for many more cute puppy-pix.)

See you tomorrow! Peace Sign

From little ACORNS do fake voters grow

October 13, 2008

Via Campaign Standard and Ace.

According to the Cincinnati Enquirer, 10,000 fake registrations were discovered out of the 40,000 submitted by ACORN. That’s 25%. One in every four turned in by a group under investigation for registration fraud in at least ten states. And those are just the ones we know about.

Remember, ACORN is a group for which Barack Obama acted as a trainer and with which he has extensive ties*, ties he has tried to cover up. Ties so extensive that he paid the group $800,000 last summer and initially lied about what they were paid for.

With all the disturbing information coming to light about the Prophet Barack’s associates and allies, shouldn’t that tell us something about him?

Of course not. All criticism of The One is racist and a distraction from the quest for Hope and Change.  Not listening

*(Note: This particular link goes to Little Green Footballs, which references an article in the journal Social Policy in their Winter 2003 issue. We have that journal where I work and I have access to their online site, and so I can verify that it does indeed document far longer and deeper ties with ACORN than the Obama campaign has admitted.)

More on Ohio and elections.

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A disturbance in the Force?

October 13, 2008

Is there a big story about the Obama-Ayers relationship that the media is sitting on?

I don’t know. As someone (The One) once said, that’s above my paygrade. But Ace does have a pretty good reputation, and the MSM did sit on the Edwards story until the Enquirer forced their hand.

Hmmm…. I dont know


The Integrity Gap

October 13, 2008

I've written repeatedly that elections are about both policy and character. Not only do we want officeholders to pursue the right goals –their policies– but we want them to have the type of character that will lead them intuitively to know the right thing to do and give them the strength to remain clear-sighted and calm in times of crisis. For example, much as I've disagreed with him over other issues, I think George W. Bush's decision to pursue our enemies aggressively after 9-11 and, more recently, his decision to support the surge strategy in Iraq in the face of strong opposition shows just such a strength of character, for I believe strongly that he made the right choice to liberate Iraq and not to cut and run when things looked bad in 2006.

In this election, we are asked to judge the policies and characters of four people: John McCain, Sarah Palin, Barack Obama, and Joe Biden. Anyone who knows me or has read this blog knows that I prefer the policies espoused by the McCain-Palin ticket: an aggressive defense of America's interests around the globe; free markets and free trade; lower taxes; the end of earmark abuse; and a judicial philosophy that seeks to place originalist or strict constructionist judges on the bench to end the subversion of the legislature's role by the judiciary.

But character and integrity are harder to know. There are campaign biographies, but these are usually just marketing brochures. What we have to look at instead are their actions, their deeds, and what they have left in their wake. The Gospel of Matthew says it best in chapter seven, verse sixteen:

Ye shall know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles?

And so we need to look carefully at the fruits of these four people, that we may judge their character and integrity. A Herculean task, especially with so little time left before the election. Fortunately, is already plowing that field for us.

Baseball Crank has begun a three-part series of posts that looks at the careers of the four candidates. Part one focuses on the career of Sarah Palin. Later, parts two and three will look at Barack Obama, John McCain, and Joe Biden. As Baseball Crank himself puts it:

I have previously discussed at length the extent to which the public mood has focused on the issue of integrity in this presidential election. If anything, the recent credit crisis has heightened that concern – frankly, the public doesn't understand the crisis and isn't convinced the candidates do, either, but wants reassurance that the next President will be above outside influence in dealing with its aftermath and preventing similar economic crises in the future.

Now, you may not be interested in the integrity issue, or at any rate may be voting primarily on other issues; certainly I have other things much higher on my priority list. But if this is truly an election about who has the independence to bring about change in Washington, this is an issue the campaigns cannot ignore.

One of the most basic ways in which a candidate can demonstrate the integrity voters are looking for is to build a record of standing up to corruption and waste – and doing so even when it appears in his or her own party, or on the part of his or her own allies or backers. This is not just a matter of honesty and prudence, but of toughness and courage. Let me offer a contrast between the two tickets on this issue – an Integrity Gap that Obama simply can't surmount and can only hope to obscure. If you look at the record of the McCain-Palin ticket and compare it to the Obama-Biden record in this regard, it really is no contest.

(Emphasis in the original.)

I urge you to take the time to read this entry: it's long, but worth a few minutes out of your day. We live in an increasingly dangerous world, so the character and integrity of those we put in the White House should be of utmost concern to us.

I'm looking forward to the next two parts. When they appear, I'll post links.  Pumpkin