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Veep looks like a lady

Maybe the guy really is a maverick. Things have suddenly gotten very interesting in the presidential race as John McCain taps Alaska Governor Sarah Palin for his running mate:

McCain introduced Palin on Friday as his surprise pick on the eve of the Republican National Convention, calling her the one “who can best help me shake up Washington and make it start working again for the people who are counting on us.”

Palin is the full package — solid leader, devoted wife and mom, firebrand conservative, intelligent, attractive. And I don’t just mean attractive for a politician… I mean freakin’ beautiful. In this day and age that helps. Realclear politics provided an impresssive bio about her in a June article:

When she was leading her underdog Wasilla high school basketball team to the state championship in 1982, her teammates called her “Sarah Barracuda” because of her fierce competitiveness.

Two years later, when she won the “Miss Wasilla” beauty pageant, she was also voted “Miss Congeniality” by the other contestants.

Sarah Barracuda. Miss Congeniality. Fire and nice. A happily married mother of five who is still drop dead gorgeous. And smart to boot.

But it’s mostly because she’s been a crackerjack governor, a strong fiscal conservative and a ferocious fighter of corruption, especially in her own party.

Ms. Palin touches other conservative bases, some of which Sen. McCain has been accused of rounding. Track, her eldest son, enlisted in the Army last Sept. 11. She’s a lifetime member of the National Rifle Association who hunts, fishes and runs marathons. A regular churchgoer, she’s staunchly pro-life.

Kimberley Strassel of The Wall Street Journal said Sen. McCain should run against a corrupt, do-nothing Congress, a la Harry Truman. If he should choose to do so, Gov. Palin would make an excellent partner. “The landscape is littered with the bodies of those who have crossed Sarah,” pollster Dave Dittman told the Weekly Standard’s Fred Barnes.

But here’s my favorite little factoid:

She was quoted as saying her favorite meal is “moose stew after a day of snowmobiling.”

YEAH baby! Politically incorrect to boot!  Man, this is just too good to be true…

In addition to her conservative credentials, Palin obviously will draw some of the female vote McCain so sorely lacks and will likely help him win over more of the Hillary voters. And her presence on the ticket will provide some of the youth and vigor his campaign has been needing.  VERY nice move. Give Johnny credit for some guts.

Not surprisingly the Obama camp is in quite a tizzy over the pick. They wasted no time going on the attack, citing of all things… Palin’s inexperience:

“Today, John McCain put the former mayor of a town of 9,000 with zero foreign policy experience a heartbeat away from the presidency,” Obama spokesman Bill Burton said in a statement.

What a laffer. Palin could spend 10 minutes flipping through an issue of Foreign Affairs and it would catch her up COMPLETELY with the Boy Wonder.

What really worries Dems is that a McCain victory would put a Republican woman that close to the presidency.  This was supposed to be their turf.

This is starting to get fun now.

Full story below:

McCain taps Alaska governor for VP

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Obama’s Rocky Mountain rock show

Well the big event has come and gone. Many libs still have a glow about them today… sparkling eyes and a smile that just won’t go away. But I must say after all the anticipation, I was somewhat underwhelmed. All the buildup had me expecting bigger things.

Not that they didn’t go all out:

Obama addressed more than 84,000 spectators, delivering a show packed with rock stars, JumboTron video presentations, and, in the finale, fireworks shooting from the stage, a celebrity-studded event that Republicans would view as validation of their argument that Obama is a vanity candidate who lacks the gravity and substance to be president.

Yep, it was quite the star-studded gala. Jennifer Hudson was there. Young Olympic gold-medalist Shawn Johnson was there. The Black Eyed Peas were there. Sheryl Crow was even there which normally wouldn’t surprise me… except that I could have sworn we’d deported her after she butchered our national anthem at this year’s MLB All-star Game. Oh well.

In any event, I still didn’t get the Mile-High high I had been expecting. Drats. Maybe it was his entrance. I mean the guy simply walked out there waving. With all the money the DNC threw at this shindig, was it too much to ask to have the Anointed One triumphantly rise up through the floor amidst billowing clouds of dry ice? Or maybe have him in a toga being lowered to the stage from a helicopter? Kick it up a notch guys. Don’t you know how to do arena rock? Time to crank the amps to 11. Time to bring out the miniature Stonehenge and midget druids. C’mon man, I’ve seen a lot of rock shows and I gotta say this one was sort of a lamer.

The presentation itself was typical Obama. He peppered his speech with the “C” word several times. And why not?  The “change” mantra has worked really well for the man. In fact it is brilliant marketing. It’s a catch all word that can apply to just about anything that is going on in your life. Unhappy with your job? Change is on it’s way! Sick of your ho-hum existence? Change is on it’s way! Tired of commercials featuring CGI talking animals? Change is on it’s way! Tired of opening brand new boxes of Captain Crunch to find that it’s only 2/3 full? Change is on it’s way! Tired of the Bush White House? Ok THAT change was coming by default but I get the feeling Obama will find a way to take credit for it anyway.

But the guy did make an ambitious promise — perhaps his version of Kennedy’s “man on the moon”:

And for the sake of our economy, our security, and the future of our planet, I will set a clear goal as President: in ten years, we will finally end our dependence on oil from the Middle East.

Ahem… a little elaboration please:

As president, I will tap our natural gas reserves, invest in clean coal technology, and find ways to safely harness nuclear power. I’ll help our auto companies retool, so that the fuel-efficient cars of the future are built right here in America. I’ll make it easier for the American people to afford these new cars. And I’ll invest $150 billion over the next decade in affordable, renewable sources of energy — wind power and solar power and the next generation of bio-fuels; an investment that will lead to new industries and five million new jobs that pay well and can’t ever be outsourced.”

Alright, since we’ve been talking Beatles lately……… We’d all love to see the plan.

Very easy promises to make. Very difficult to implement. It will require a lot of money and a lot more of government getting it’s grubby little paws into the auto and energy sectors.

Aside from a few digs at McCain, the rest of the speech was a glorified rehash of the same old Democratic staples, dressed up in a hip new package.  All the familiar lofty promises rooted in fear and class-envy. Here are some of the “Nows” offered by Barack last night:

  • Now is the time to finally meet our moral obligation to provide every child a world-class education
  • Now is the time to finally keep the promise of affordable, accessible health care for every single American.
  • Now is the time to help families with paid sick days and better family leave, because nobody in America should have to choose between keeping their jobs and caring for a sick child or ailing parent.
  • Now is the time to change our bankruptcy laws, so that your pensions are protected ahead of CEO bonuses; and the time to protect Social Security for future generations.
  • And now is the time to keep the promise of equal pay for an equal day’s work, because I want my daughters to have exactly the same opportunities as your sons.

And NOW… for the most important “Now”:

  • Now, many of these plans will cost money […}

Oh you bet they will. Oddly none of these “Now”s involve eliminating any government programs or mandates. Only increasing them. WE can always do with less but not Uncle Sam. The face at the podium may be new but the heart is that of a pure old Democrat. Obama is boldly skipping onto the presidential scene offering a basket of goodies that would make the Easter Bunny proud.

I will give this to Barack– he does have a gift for oration. The guy is number one with a teleprompter, folks. He can speak with eloquent authority for a very long time about absolutely nothing and make it sound like something.

So there it stands – half the nation with tears of joy floating in that ever magical Obamalala-land waiting for change. Problem is we already tried this 16 years ago with Bill Clinton and his ‘New Democrat’. Or have you forgotten the ’92 inauguration that quickly? Ecstatic crowds, celebs galore, Fleetwood Mac fervently banging out their hit “Don’t Stop” as if there were no tomorrow. Jazzy Billy doing improper things with a saxophone (i.e. playing it). Hillary and Tipper with wide-eyed muppet smiles grabbing each other and doing a dopey little dance around the stage. The air was electric. The day was finally here! Americans were free!!

2 months later where were you?… same job, same bills, same mortgage, same life — the only change was Slick Willy changing his story about the middle-class tax cut. Fact is, no candidate on either side can bring you happiness. You can take the presidential amusment park ride if you choose but it will always bring you back to the same place.

Very seriously friends, I’m gonna say it again:  If you are truly ready to meet the agent of change you’ve been waiting for, look in the mirror. It starts and ends with you.



If it weren’t for bad luck…

Here’s the latest economic news from the AP:

Gross domestic product, or GDP, grew at a 3.3 percent annual rate in the April-June quarter, its fastest pace in nearly a year, the Commerce Department reported Thursday. The revised reading was much better than the government’s initial estimate of a 1.9 percent pace and exceeded economists’ expectations for a 2.7 percent growth rate.

Now for the title of the article… drumroll please…

Spring’s economic rebound unlikely to last

And the subtitle:

Spring’s economic strength unlikely to last given slowdowns overseas, struggling consumers

Nuff said;) The article then goes into gloomy reason after gloomy reason as to why we shouldn’t derive any hope in these revised economic numbers. Click here for the full dreary details and then click here for the vocal accompaniment.



American Idol

Amidst all the breathless buildup from a swooning MSM over Obama’s acceptance speech at a packed Invesco Field tonight, at least the New York Post gets it right:

DENVER – Democrats will kneel before the “Temple of Obama” tonight.

As if a Rocky Mountain coronation were not lofty enough, Barack Obama will aim for Mount Olympus when he accepts his party’s nomination atop an enormous, Greek-columned stage – built by the same cheesy set team that put together Britney Spears’ last tour.

Sigh… this strays so far from any ideal I have ever had for a president — any vision I’ve ever entertained for the person I want at the helm of this country. Sir Barrogance displays all the charisma of a rock-star and all the cockiness of a know-it-all Ivy-League schoolboy. Not impressed. And yes, if a Republican candidate ever came upon the scene who conducted himself the way Obama does I would be very, very, very put off.

Libs will point out that Bush also made his 2004 acceptance speech in front of a similar, but scaled down backdrop. Sure, but to him they were just props. I don’t think the symbolism carried anywhere near the personal meaning for Bush that it will for Obamus the Great in the grandiose context of a full stadium.

The nicknames that Obama has earned, THE ONE, THE MESSIAH etc., are not just derisive terms to those of us on the right. They are a satirical means for expressing our frustration with what we see as blind adoration and hero worship. Tonight’s much anticipated mile-high love-fest is case-in-point. Barack has become more than a candidate in the eyes of his supporters. He’s grown into a catch all, fix-all valiant knight riding in to slay whatever dragons they have imagined to stand between them and their happiness.  There is clearly a self- esteem crisis in this country when the masses look so longingly to one charismatic man as an answer all their problems.

Not that this collective uncertainty is anything new. Democrats have nurtured and encouraged this brand of “you can’t do it without us” thinking for years. After decades of conditioning, this dependency consciousness has become so ingrained in the psyche of the U.S. population, it’s hard to imagine there was ever a day when the people stood on their own (there was). Enter a magnetic personality such as Barack Obama into this climate of helplessness and he truly becomes a Christ-like figure.

Let’s take a closer look at the term “Obamamania” for a moment. It’s obviously a nod to the Beatlemania phenomena that occurred in the 60s (not dissing the brilliant lads from Liverpool here). Baby boomers will remember how fans packed stadiums to capacity so they could see the Fab Four play and then proceeded to scream at the top of their lungs for the duration of the show. So loud were their incessant wails that it completely drowned out the music.

Get the point? These adoring masses didn’t know or care what the Beatles were singing. They could have been crooning about the butchering of babies and the crowd would have been none the wiser (collectors will recognize the album-cover reference here). In fact,  John could have smiled at the crowd and uttered his famous “we’re more popular than Jesus” line during one of these shows and he would have gotten clean away with it. I almost wonder if Obama could do the same. So why the screaming you ask? Not even the screamers themselves knew. They were caught up in the moment .

That gets to the root of what really eats at me and other conservatives about Barack Obama. He ALSO is caught up in the moment. He truly believes he is a child of desiny. The Greek backdrop for tonight’s speech will no-doubt look impressive… but last I heard Zeus’s throne is not up for grabs. Nonetheless, the hype is reaching mythical proportions.

Speaking strictly as a conservative: I don’t need a Herculean hero. I don’t need a Superman. I don’t look to any one person to give me hope. I don’t sit around waiting for someone to bring about change in my life — I make my own change. In short, I don’t need any one person or circumstance to give my life meaning or purpose.

Do you realize you much power you actually have within yourselves, folks?

Yes we need a leader who can project authority and command respect in these perilous times. But we don’t need a nanny and we don’t need someone who will “give” us what we lack at the expense of others. We need the type of leader who will inspire us… and then get the hell out of our way and let us live our own lives.

And as your next President…

Sorry, got carrried away there.

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-- Cartoon by Gary Varvel 


Do the algebra

Charming Billy is at it again. This time former president Clinton was speaking to foreign dignitaries in Denver when he presented this oh-so-subtle hypothetical.

He said: “Suppose you’re a voter, and you’ve got candidate X and candidate Y. Candidate X agrees with you on everything, but you don’t think that candidate can deliver on anything at all. Candidate Y you agree with on about half the issues, but he can deliver. Which candidate are you going to vote for?

Then, perhaps mindful of how his off-the-cuff remarks might be taken, Clinton added after a pause: “This has nothing to do with what’s going on now.”

The comments are unlikely to be taken as an innocent mistake by those Democrats who continue to be angry with the former president for, they say, not supporting the Illinois senator wholeheartedly, if not implicitly undercutting him.

The controversial comments came just hours before Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (N.Y.), the former first lady and principal rival to Obama, was due to speak from the convention podium.

Mmmph. That foot can’t taste very good Mr. Bill. Of course there is much trepidation in DNC circles over what Mr. Clinton will say tomorrow night as he speaks at the convention. But I’m more curious about Hillary’s speech tonight — especially if her sophomoric hubby can be seen in the background. Watch closely when she mentions party unity. Will he roll his eyes and sneer derisively? Or better yet will he turn around and moon the crowd in grand PUMA fashion? The possibilities are endless, folks. Get your TIVO ready, this should be a fun night…



Talking down in pairs

As expected, the Golden Boy introduced his presidential running mate ‘to the world’ this past Saturday. Well world, you’re in for a treat! If you thought Barack Obama was a condescending windbag in love with the sound of his own voice, it is only because he has stood on the shoulders of GIANT windbags.

Enter Senator Joe Biden:

Obama Picks Biden as Running Mate



The grand illusion
August 22, 08, 11:40 am
Filed under: China, He Kexin, Olympics | Tags: , ,

We in America, especially the conservatives among us, have always known that the Chinese government was a shifty bunch. Now thanks to the spotlight of the Olympics the whole world is finally catching on. The Chi-Com’s latest sleight-of-hand comes in the all TOO petite form of Gold Medalist He Kexin:

The International Olympic Committee has ordered an investigation into mounting allegations that Chinese authorities covered up the true age of their gold-medal winning gymnastics star because she was too young to compete.

An IOC official told The Times that because of “discrepancies” that have come to light about the age of He Kexin, the host nation’s darling who won gold in both team and individual events, an official inquiry has been launched that could result in the gymnast being stripped of her medals.

The investigation was triggered as a US computer expert claimed yesterday to have uncovered Chinese government documents that he says prove she is only 14 – making her ineligible to compete in the Olympics – rather than 16, as officials in Beijing insist is her age.

Mike Walker, a computer security expert, told The Times how he tracked down two documents that he says had been removed from a Chinese government website. The documents, he said, stated that He’s birth date was January 1 1994 – making her 14 – and not January 1 1992, which is printed in her passport.

Though I wouldn’t condone it, I could at least sympathise with a young girl wanting so badly to compete in the Olympics that she would lie about her age. But a state sanctioned cover-up is a different matter completely and one that is much more disturbing. China is HOSTING these games, folks. The world’s eyes are upon them at all times. Did they really think they could get away with something like this?

With the fake fireworks in the opening ceremonies, some of you asked “So what?” With the lip-syncing debacle some of you also asked “So what?” Well here’s the so what: these stunts are a microcosm of a much bigger problem. What we are getting here is telling glimpse into the mind of a communist dictatorship. Pretty as everything apprears on the surface, all is not as it seems behind their ‘perfect’ facade. And the Chinese leaders are so divorced from reality that it doesn’t occur to them that people might see the strings in their little puppet show.

As for the IOC’s investigation… I’m not holding my breath. If this body is any bit as effective as the United Nations in dealing with China, this kid’s keeping her gold.