A Speech for the Ages

    After watching the acceptance speech by Senator McCain tonight, I was somewhat surprised to find how tepid the reaction was by bloggers at the various conservative sites I visit. While I recognized that the moderate policies that he promoted were not the red meat that had been offered up the previous night, the story that he presented was still very moving and authentic.As I thought | Read More »

    Real versus Fake

    As Americans enter the voting booth come November 4th, they will take the measure of men and a woman and decide who they trust with the responsibility of the Presidency of the United States. This election, like all others, will come down to one single issue. Who do you trust?Barack Obama and the Democrats certainly put on an impressive, majestic performance in Denver last week. | Read More »

    Thank God for Barack Obama and Sarah Palin

    It a Historic year for America.

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    AP writer Glen Johnson smears Sarah Palin

    This one is so blatant that it has to be deliberate. Here’s how the article starts:Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin told ministry students at her former church that the United States sent troops to fight in the Iraq war on a “task that is from God.”This is false. You know, it says something when Huffington Post gets it right but AP and its reporter, Glen Johnson, | Read More »

    To the guys on XBOX Live that HATE Republicans

    I’m kind of an old fart, but my oldest son got me hooked on Halo a few years ago. I enjoy spending a bit of my free time mixing it up with the younger guys (and gals) I meet on XBox live. It is humbling to ket your butt kicked by 10 year olds, but I figure it is good for me in the long | Read More »

    In Praise Of Community Organizing

    I can certainly understand why, after having had her resume trashed from the very moment that she was thrust onto the national stage, Sarah Palin and other Republicans were interested in exposing Barack Obama as being too inexperienced to be President of the United States. To be sure, his inexperience is quite thin. Obama points to his days as a community organizer as having prepared | Read More »

    From The Department Of “Wow!”

    Really, it is worth asking how much the Obama campaign should trust the Clintonians. From where I sit, the answer clearly is “not much”:Sarah Palin found some unlikely allies Wednesday as leading academics and even former top aides to Hillary Rodham Clinton endorsed the Republican charge that John McCain’s running mate has been subject to a sexist double standard by the news media and Democrats.Georgetown | Read More »

    McCain

    Well he made the speech. He’d better get a specific road map out because the other side has more plans than Carter has pills. He needs to publish, publish, publish his top priorities and let Sarah keep banging away at the Dem’s. He needs a full court information press communicating his economic vision and specific plans. He and Palin can get to work on the | Read More »

    This one kind of speaks for itself.

    Via Ace, OlbermannWatch brings us this:The good news is that more people are probably watching this on RedState than saw it on TV.

    Raising Washington

    You’ve heard the expression that it does not take a man or a woman to raise a child– that it takes a man And a woman. Well, in these times, it takes a Man And A Woman to raise Washington.Robert and Lisa MasseyColorado Springs, CO

    Raising Washington

    You’ve heard the expression that it does not take a man or a woman to raise a child– that it takes a man And a woman. Well, in these times, it takes a Man And A Woman to raise Washington.Robert and Lisa MasseyColorado Springs, CO

    Raising Washington

    You’ve heard the expression that it does not take a man or a woman to raise a child– that it takes a man And a woman. Well, in these times, it takes a Man And A Woman to raise Washington.Robert and Lisa MasseyColorado Springs, CO

    The Maverick Does It His Way

    Last night was the fireworks at the GOP Convention, the high-wire triumph of Sarah Palin, the street fighting of Rudy. Tonight was the hard work: John McCain laying out his policy vision. So, what did I think?John McCain is a great talker, but not a great speaker – he’s the polar opposite of Obama, who gives a tremendous speech but does not converse and answer | Read More »

    McCain Speech (Lets Talk)

    First, everyone knows McCain will never beat Obama on a battle over who is better orator but McCain did talk more specifics on the issues and pointed to the differences to them in minor way. Could he have been more harsher? I think he should of.Everyone will applaud his service to this nation and his story; even his critics have said this (minus Jimmy Carter). | Read More »

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    McCain Being McCain

    Tonight’s speech was not the stick of dynamite that last night’s speech by Sarah Palin was. It was not supposed to be. It accomplished everything it set out to accomplish. It established McCain’s personal story of heroism, but above that, it put that story in the context of his vision for the entire country. His delivery dragged and was a bit awkward at points – | Read More »

    Those men saved my life, and I will fight for my country for as long as I live.

    America thanks you.

    Sully doesn’t stop, he just keeps on digging

    I wrote about Andrew Sullivan’s descent into madness here. But Sullivan shows no signs of stopping even as his colleagues at The Atlantic recoil in horror. In fact, he keeps digging a deeper hole, now claiming that what happened to John Edwards was a different issue entirely because he wasn’t running for president any more, but Sullivan’s own baseless and profoundly insulting attacks on Sarah | Read More »

    A Good, Honest, Conservative Newspaper

    For anyone lucky enough to live in the Philadelphia area, then hopefully you know about “The Bulletin.” Years ago it used to be an evening paper, and just recently has come back, this time in a morning edition. Now, I wasn’t around for it when it was an evening publication, but I am so happy that I have a chance to read it now.Billing itself | Read More »

    Breaking News: Republicans oppose ethanol mandate

    If you read the 2008 Republican platform you will notice two important things regarding biofuel. First, the plan for energy independence gives ethanol a small role. Second, the platform specifically says “[t]he U.S. government should end mandates for ethanol and let the free market work.”

    It’s time for a strategic redeployment from Chicago

    This summer, 123 people were killed in Chicago. That’s twice the number of American soldiers killed in Iraq in the same period.http://cbs2chicago.com/local/chicago.summer.shootings.2.810166.htmlClearly, the war for Chicago is lost. We have created more enemies, took our eye off the ball, and wasted billions in government programs that had no effect. Our only remaining option is to withdraw all Americans from Chicago, consequences be damned.The people of | Read More »

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    Thought process and leadership

    Tom Maguirehas a good point: Obama was wrong about the surge while McCain was right, but by and large I think the case could be made (but not by me!) that Obama is by far the more thoughtful and reflective of the two candidates and far more disposed to listen to a range of advice. My guess is that he would have a broader and | Read More »

    As a Woman, Does N.O.W. Speak for You?

    On June 30, 1966, the National Organization for Women (N.O.W.) was founded with this statement of purpose, “To take action to bring women into full participation in the mainstream of American society now, exercising all the privileges and responsibilities thereof in truly equal partnership with men.”All women in America owe N.O.W. a debt of gratitude for the work they did for women’s rights. In the | Read More »

    Community Organizers

    “I guess a small-town mayor is sort of like a ‘community organizer,’ except that you have actual responsibilities,” is one of several blistering criticisms that Sarah Palin said last night in her speech.This cuts to the core of Obama precisely because being a community organizer is one of his central passions and something he devoted much of his life to.He also takes great pride in | Read More »

    Hey! I use Lava…

    It became apparent to me last night, that the speakers were being spread out as evenly as possible. By far, however, last night was it. Romney did well, Huckabee rocked, Rudy dug in and attacked, and Palin – well she was amazing.The “angry left” disagrees I’m sure, yet I’ve heard much buzz around these parts here today. My classes are typically full of left leaning | Read More »

    Gustav aftermath: Jindal Acting Like a Governor

    Upon seeing no active looting in the city of New Orleans, the media packed their bags and went home.However, the brunt of the storm’s impact was borne by Houma (pop. 100,000 plus) and Baton Rouge (pop. 500,000 +/-). Houma is currently without water and sanitary sewers; residents will be able to get back in tomorrow to begin assessing damage.Baton Rouge is largely without electric power | Read More »

    The 2008 Election – a script for the Twilight Zone

    I’m thoroughly confused. I do not understand what is going on in our country. Barack Obama manages to maintain a slight lead in almost all polls and it just doesn’t make any sense.Experience – The most obvious reason why he shouldn’t be anywhere NEAR the White House. I need not elaborate on this one, everyone knows he can’t hold a candle to McCain on experience. | Read More »

    If Sarah Palin was a Democrat …

    This was supposed to be posted prior to the speech yesterday, but my computer decided to crash and die on me just as I was about clicking ‘save’ …{snarl}Well … the past few days have been quite a revelation, haven’t they? John McCain (who seems to have wisened up considerably) introduced the nation to his pick for the Vice-Presidency and the media quickly set about | Read More »

    A Conservative Comes Out of the Mist

    Jonah Goldberg once wrote an absolutely classic description of how the dominant high-brow culture in media and academia views those of us who hold conservative philosophical beliefs. His article, in turns, makes me want to laugh and then want to punch the used food out of some geeky, bespectacled Beltway liberal. His article was entitled Conservatives in the Mist.When the Conservatives “behave” in accordance with | Read More »

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    Cable Outage Tracking during Convention Speeches

    On the night of the Obama speech, a family member in New Jersey told me about a peculiar cable outage that left only MSNBC broadcasting. Something similar is happening to me in northern New England right now. I am wondering if there is some sort of malware involved. It could just be a fluke, but I’d be interested in hearing if anyone else is seeing | Read More »

    McCain’s Acceptance Speech – A Preview.

    Cross-posted from McCainVictory08.comThe press won’t receive the text of Senator McCain’s speech for another couple of hours, probably around 6 pm Central time but I had the chance to speak with the lead speech writer, Marc Salter a few minutes ago and he gave me a general overview.Given that Salter has been described as John McCain’s voice, it is interesting how he slips back and | Read More »

    New SEIU Video Exposes Union Lies

    The Alliance for Worker Freedom recently announced the launch of their new YouTube channel at www.youtube.com/WorkerFreedom. Upon this launch, they have released a new SEIU video. The video was taken at the July 17th, 2008 “Take Back the Economy” rally at the McCain headquarters in Virginia. They manage to interview a elected official who admits on tape that the union got her elected (and all | Read More »

    McCain Really Does have a Health Care Plan

    Something that concerns many working class moms like me is health care. So I thought I would start a diary on this topic, since the media covers little of what McCain’s solutions really are. Yes, folks.. he really does have solutions.Here is his website with the link on the McCain Health Care Plan:http://www.johnmccain.com/Informing/Issues/19ba2f1c-c03f-4ac2-8cd5-5cf2edb527cf.htmSo you see, he really does have a health care plan, he really | Read More »

    I should be nominated as VP!!!

    I am so hot!http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/9/98/BichonFrisered_background.jpg

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    Palin: The First Three Term President since FDR.

    Does anyone really think John McCain is in this for two terms? I didn’t think so.Given that, I think an argument could be made that although Palin is filling the second slot on the 2008 GOP Presidential ticket, symbolically, she is really in the top slot. I think there will be a noticeable, but small percentage of voters who will now vote for the ticket | Read More »

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    Apparently the Senate Believes in Two Wrongs Deserve a Third

    Americans for Tax Reform has been keeping track of the energy debate on their blog and tracking those Senators who are part of the Gang of Sixteen (formerly the Gang of Ten)and criticizing them for supporting energy solutions that increase taxes.Well, to add insult to stupidity (or something like that), some of the “Gang’s” members have also decided to join another group – the DeMint/Hensarling | Read More »

    The Final Day’s Open Thread

    As John McCain takes to the stage tonight, let’s have an open thread. The line up tonight, btw, isn’t that impressive until you get to the 10pm EDT hour.

    Sarah Palin’s Speech Impact

    I think one of the most amazing things about Sarah Palin’s nomination and speech is the overreaction by the Democrats and their candidate’s supporters. For Barbra Streisand to devote a whole page on her personal blog to bashing John McCain for choosing Sarah and then calling women stupid if they support Sarah, says that Sarah must be a bigger threat than anyone imagined. The ‘pot-shots’ | Read More »

    Lame brain Barry botches name of Penn State’s football team

    The Penn State “Nitaly Lions.”That’s not my typo; it’s Barry’s vocalized ignorance. They Nits are still the Nittany Lions, named for Mount Nittany, but all that might one day change by Presidential decree after Barry told a York, PA audience: “Penn State right here. Nittaly Lions.”The team is run by Hall of Fame Coach Joe Patino, no doubt, in Barry’s world, ‘cos Coach Joe Paterno | Read More »

    Flush Us Weekly

    As you know, the magazine Us Weekly will hit news stands this coming weekend with a hit job on Governor Sarah Palin.Though Us Weekly claims that its coverage is very balanced, its cover features Governor Palin holding a baby with the headline “Babies, Lies, and Scandal.”US Weekly, which has been a promotional vehicle for Senator Obama’s campaign, is in the tank for Barack Obama and | Read More »

    great speech vs political theatre

    So why is a speech by Barry “O” labeled a great speech and the Gov. Palin speech (1/2 sans the teleprompter) is labeled “great political theatre”. Does anyone else remember the 1980-90’s WWF wrestler Barry “O”? I just realized how similar the two are. The grappler’s signature symbol was patting himself on the back when his name was announced. Does this remind you of anyone?

    Scandal News Flash

    Thinking about the latest National Enquirer smear on Sarah Palin, I had this passing absurd thought of what one could expect in the next “news story” from the MSM.”News Flash at NY Times Online:”Just breaking via the National Enquirer is news of an affair between Sarah Palin and, yes, John Edwards!”The media is all over the story.”

    News site: Stop Smearing Sarah Palin(created by Hillary supporters)

    Wow, this is an amazing site just set up by Hillary supporters who felt the same sexism doomed their candidate in primary. Very neat site full of facts, lots of great photos and videos, definitely worth checking out.Stop Smearing Sarahhttp://stopsmearingsarah.blogspot.com/

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    Actuarial Perspective

    In today’s Best of the Web, they run the actuarial numbers and conclude:Let’s take the average of the two figures and say that McCain has a 14.65% likelihood of dying before Inauguration Day 2013, while Obama’s likelihood is 1.465%.For the sake of argument, assume further that Joe Biden and John McCain are equally qualified to be president, and Sarah Palin is as unqualified as Barack | Read More »

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    Obama’s quest to reverse himself on everything

    Listening to Obama speak, and seeing the way the MSM fails to challenge him on his chronic reversals on every issue, I am reminded of Will Ferrell in Zoolander as he exclaimed, “I feel like I am taking crazy pills!”Today Obama states, “I think that the surge has succeeded in ways that nobody anticipated,” Obama said while refusing to retract his initial opposition to the | Read More »

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    It is safer to be in Iraq or Afghanistan than in Chicago

    In the midst of all of the rhetoric blowing heatedly from the Obama campaign, one question needs to be asked of Senator Obama. And asked forcefully.Why is the fact that the death toll in Chicago this summer is about double the death toll of U.S. soldiers in Iraq not of concern to you, Senator?Quoting from CBS news in Chicago: “**Information from wire service reports and | Read More »

    What a pick for VP

    I was in shock when John McCain made his vice presidential selection last week. I had supported McCain before his vp pick but I wasn’t thrilled. All the republican candidates seemed to lose their personalities once they began to campaign. John seemed wooden and removed. But after hearing Sarah Palin’s speech at the convention last night and seeing John’s face light up like it did | Read More »

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    The Sarah Palin Chronicles

    Our democracy does not function without an informed electorate. The mainstream media is sabotaging our democracy by feeding the public a one-sided, distorted stream of journalistic junk. It has become a prime enemy of American democracy, and should be treated as such.Quote by Herb Denenberg at The Bulletin

    Andrew Sullivan’s Descent into Madness

    Yesterday Moe and I with his colleagues in respected corners of the news media who had disparaged Sarah Palin, relying on the rantings from the foulest corners of the blogosphere as the basis for their articles. Douthat’s disappointment – along with that of his colleagues McArdle and Goldberg – turned slowly into outrage over the course of the day, as it became clear that much | Read More »

    The Word Clouds

    It is not too terribly difficult to find out what the message is of this convention. In two words, it is “John McCain”.Here is Sarah Palin’s word cloud from last night. Fred’s, Joe’s, Huck’s, Mitt’s, and Rudy’s are all below the fold.Note that the word “Obama” appeared only once in Sarah Palin’s speech.

    John McCain: A transitional Presidency?

    After hearing the convention speech of Sarah Palin, it slowly becameapparent to me that if (God willing) John McCain is elected President,he will be a transitional President, bridging the gap between the “old”Republican Party of the ’80s and ’90s, and the “new” Republican Partyof the future. Sarah Palin is just one representative of the new publicface of the Republican Party, along with Bobby Jindal, Tim | Read More »