Confident, aren’t we?

October 18, 2008

The Prophet Barack (Hope! Change! Waffles!) already has his transition team up and running. And you’ll never guess all the interesting characters involved in it.

Yeesh.

 


I am Joe

October 18, 2008

For once, Iowahawk isn’t joking:

First, a pre-emptive apology for the intentional non-humor to follow. I promise that all future non-humor will be strictly unintentional.

We’ve all witnessed a lot of insanity in American politics over the last few years. Up until the last few days, none of it has seriously bothered me; hey, just more grist for the satire mill. But after witnessing the media’s blitzkreig on Joe ‘the Plumber’ Wurzelbacher, I can only muster anger, and no small amount of fear.

Politicians — Sarah Palin, Bill Clinton, et al. –  obviously have to put up with some rude, nasty shit, but it’s  right there in the jobs description. Joe the Plumber is different. He was a guy tossing a football with his kid in the front yard of his $125,000 house when a politician picked him out as a prop for a 30 second newsbite for the cable news cameras. Joe simply had the temerity to speak truth (or, if you prefer, an uninformed opinion) to power, for which the politico-media axis apparently determined that he must be humiliated, harassed, smashed, destroyed. The viciousness and glee with which they set about the task ought to concern anyone who still cares about citizen participation, and freedom of speech, and all that old crap they taught in Civics class before politics turned into Narrative Deathrace 3000, and Web 2.0 turned into Berlin 1932.0.

Godwin’s Law! you say? if the jackboot fits, wear it.

This makes me mad, too. My Dad started as a janitor and worked his butt off to rise to middle-management, all to provide a decent middle-class life for his family. In my family have been draftsmen, meat cutters, clerks, carpenters, and housewives. Sometimes they may have taken a side-job and not gotten the required permits or reported it on their taxes to help their families get ahead, but they were good, decent people who at bottom were trying to do the right thing.

They were Joe — or Jane, as the case may be. And when these thugs from the Obama campaign and the media (one and the same thing, I know) ripped into this man’s life for daring to ask a question of The One, rather than concentrating on the question itself and Obama’s answer, they were ripping into all of us. He –and we– don’t deserve to be treated as freaks and rubes for daring to act on a citizen’s right to ask our leaders a straight question and demand a straight answer. Their contempt for Joe Wurzelbacher shows their contempt for all of us outside their ivory tower.

We are Joe. If you agree, copy this graphic and put it on your web site, too:

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(Courtesy Iowahawk. No commercial use allowed.)

(hat tip: LGF)

 


Saturday laughs

October 18, 2008

From Michael Ramirez, via Power Line:

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That’s it for now! Rolling on the floor

 


Quote of the day

October 18, 2008

From an open letter from Michael McMaster to Barack Obama:

Mr. Obama, John McCain does not have as much money as your campaign to refute all of your false statements.  And for whatever reasons, the mainstream media will not give adequate coverage or research about your lies, distortions, word parsing, bad associations, race baiting, lack of operational leadership experience, and generally dishonest character.  The media is diverting our attention from your relationships and ignoring the fact that you lied about those relationships.   The fact that you lied is much more important than the relationships themselves …. just like with Bill Clinton and Richard Nixon … Monica Lewinski and Watergate were not nearly as bad as the fact that those men lied about the events …  false witness … perjury …  your relationships and bad judgements are bad on their own …. but your lies are even worse.

Therefore, by copy of this memo, all who read this memo are asked to send it to everyone else in America before it is too late.  We need to do the job that the media will not do.  We need to expose your dishonesty so that every person in America understands who you really are before election day.

Mr. Obama, in a democracy, we get what we deserve.  And God help America if we deserve you.

Read the whole thing to see how Mike lays out his case, and pass it on.

(hat tip: Fausta)

 


That’s the Chicago way!

October 18, 2008

That's the line spoken by Sean Connery's tough Irish cop to Kevin Costner's Eliot Ness in The Untouchables, when explaining how to deal with Al Capone: play rough, play for keeps.

That tradition lives on in Barack Obama, whose campaign pushed back against charges of election fraud by ACORN, with which Obama has been closely associated, by attempting to criminalize free speech:

Barack Obama's campaign is accusing Republicans of enlisting law enforcement officials in a "frenzied and pathetic" attempt to turn the allegations of voter fraud surrounding a low-income advocacy group into a political football.

The campaign complained Friday in a letter to Attorney General Michael Mukasey that Republican operatives were "fomenting specious vote fraud allegations" and urged any investigation of such fraud to be put under the purview of the special prosecutor who was looking into the firings of U.S. attorneys by the Bush administration.

Bob Bauer, the campaign's general counsel, said on a conference call that it seemed law enforcement officials were in cahoots with the Republican operatives.

"It appears that political people and the senior officials in law enforcement are working hand-in-glove again," he said. "They are collaborating in this anti-fraud circus to create an environment of fear and intimidation."

Bauer referred to the Associated Press report Thursday that quoted officials as saying the FBI had opened an investigation into ACORN. The report said the FBI was looking at recent raids on ACORN offices in several states for evidence of a national scam.

So now legitimate complaints about ACORN's shady voter registration efforts, which have lead to investigations and raids in 14 states, and even Obama campaign workers voting in states in which they are not legally resident, are some sort of crime to be investigated by the US Attorney-General? Since when did voter concern about the integrity of the ballot box become illegal?

I suppose the next thing is a visit from a Missouri Truth Squad? Waiting

This kind of crap isn't new to the Obama campaign: intimidation is a regular weapon in their arsenal. From "truth squads" composed of local law enforcement, to threatening broadcasters with legal action for carrying ads critical of The One, to playing the race card at every opportunity, the Obama campaign has shown that, far from wanting a "national conversation" on anything, it wants the opposition to sit down and shut up.

I'm not ready to say "liberal fascist" yet, but there's a thuggishness to this campaign that has no place in American politics.

The McCain-Palin campaign isn't taking this quietly. The campaign released this statement Friday:

After a week of shifting stories and clumsy corrections regarding Barack Obama's connections to ACORN, the Obama campaign resorted to their now-customary heavy handed tactic of attempting to criminalize political discourse. Today's outrageous letter to Attorney General Mukasey and Special Prosecutor Dannehy at the Justice Department asking for a special prosecutor to investigate Senator McCain and Governor Palin's public statements about ACORN's record of fraudulent voter registrations (including in this week's Presidential debate) is absurd. It is a typical time-worn Washington attempt to criminalize political differences. For someone who promises 'change,' it is certainly only more of the same.

The letter's request that the Department of Justice investigate 'recent partisan Republican activities throughout the country' is almost a parody of the Obama campaign's attempt to intimidate their political opponents. In case Sen. Obama's lawyer did not notice, we are in the midst of a political campaign, not a coronation, and the alleged criminal activity he calls 'recent partisan Republican activities' are what the rest of us call campaign speeches and debates.

(Emphasis added)

One thing Barack Obama has shown: he may be a Democrat, but he is no democrat.

LINKS: Sister Toldjah, Jammie Wearing Fool, Jennifer Rubin, and Ace (and note how Bloomberg edited their initial story on this).