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Barry loves me, this I know

A lot of folks are comparing the following pro-Obama video which has been circulating around YOUTube to the Hitler Youth propaganda from WWII. It reminds me more of a children’s Sunday school class — with a different Savior of course. Either way it’s damn creepy.

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Resume game

In a somewhat awkward reversal, John McCain has decided to move forward with the debates tonight.

McCain’s campaign made the announcement late Friday morning, two days after the Republican candidate said he was suspending his campaign to deal with the financial rescue plan being debated in Washington.

The campaign will resume “all activities and the senator will travel to the debate this afternoon,” the McCain campaign said in a statement released around 11:30 a.m. ET. “Following the debate, he will return to Washington to ensure that all voices and interests are represented in the final agreement, especially those of taxpayers and homeowners.”

This is one chess move I’m sure McCain wishes he had to do over.   With pressure mounting on Congress to bail out the financial industry, he saw an opportunity to take charge and look presidential. But it was a risky maneuver and it blew up in his face. The success of his gamble depended entirely on his opponent’s willingness to comply. Lesson learned: never put the ball in Obama’s court. Johnny came out looking bad here.

But political miscalculations aside, let’s get one thing clear: In spite of all the toungue wagging on the left over the past couple of days… John McCain is not and never has been afraid to debate Senator ummm… errrr… ahhhh… uhhh…. Barack Obama. Good God have we already forgotten how green Barry looked when he squared off with Hillary?   McCain has faced much scarier enemies than Obama during his lifetime. The man spent five years in the Hanoi Hilton — he ain’t afraid of this little Chicago boy.

Give ’em hell John.

Full article below:

McCain to Attend Debate at University of Mississippi



It’s just un-American
September 26, 08, 12:07 pm
Filed under: barack obama, Michelle Malkin, obama | Tags: ,

One of Michelle Malkin‘s readers made an interesting discovery while stepping through the voter registration questionnaire on Barack Obama’s Vote for Change website. Apparently if you answer “No” to a question about your American citizenship, the following message appears on the screen.

Yes that’s right, “unfortunately” you folks in other countries will not be eligible to pull the lever for the Chosen One this November.  It so hurts Barry to inform you of that… more than you will ever know.  What a shame after all the campaigning he did overseas…



Defective merchandise

Credit Joel Samuelson for this gem of a cartoon (and let’s hope Barry lost his receipt).



More monetary musings

The recent meltdown on Wall Street has produced a sense of urgency among politicians and pundits to get something done…  fast.  But haste isn’t always a good thing — especially where Washington is involved. Fortunately amidst all the weeping and gnashing of teeth, there are a few voices of reason surfacing. Here’s Newt Gingrich weighing in on the proposed bailout:

I think the idea of giving the Secretary of the Treasury $700 billion to bail out Wall Street is just so profoundly wrong. I can’t quite imagine that they’re moving forward with it. I mean, it’s wrong in every way. It’s wrong to take money and bail out Wall Street. It’s wrong to give that kind of power to the secretary of the treasury. Watching this Congress write it makes me worry about what all the hidden details will be.

Agreed. Clueless lawmakers are the reason our financial system is in this mess in the first place and the less they get involved in the ‘solution’ the better. I was actually happy last week when Congress for once admitted they didn’t know what the hell they were doing and announced they were going home. But alas… once again the scent of pork came wafting under their sensitive noses and they scurried back to Capitol Hill.

Bailouts might be politically expedient but they are never a sound solution. Every time the government steps in — like the overprotective mommy bailing her spoiled child out of trouble — they make matters worse somewhere down the line. And unlike a Fannie Mae loan, that’s guaranteed.

I’m not saying there won’t be rough roads ahead and I’m not trying to dismiss the seriousness of the situation. But having weathered a storm or two over the years, there are two things I know with certainty.

  1. Panic, worry and negativity NEVER make a bad situation better.
  2. Panic, worry and negativity are GUARANTEED to make a bad situation worse.

That’s why I don’t engage in any of that nonsense on this blog.  Gloomfest ’08 is alive and well elsewhere on the internet. If you’re one of those who hungers for and thrives on dire prognostications then your nourishment is just a click away. But you sure as shinola won’t find it here.

As for me, I have full confidence that we will get through this and be a stronger and wiser nation for it. Just how strong and wise we become depends largely on how much the government chooses to stay out of this and let the free market reign. Let a correction do what it was meant to do… correct. We’re a tough people. We’re going to be fine.

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-- Cartoon by Steve Kelley 


The daily Joe

Honestly Joe Biden gives us so much great material I could start making a regular installment of it. Here’s the latest verbal blunder from Obama’s court jester-in-running:

WASHINGTON — Vice presidential candidate Joe Biden says today’s leaders should take a lesson from the history books and follow fellow Democrat Franklin D. Roosevelt’s response to a financial crisis.

When the stock market crashed, Franklin D. Roosevelt got on the television and didn’t just talk about the, you know, the princes of greed. He said, ‘Look, here’s what happened,”‘ Barack Obama’s running mate recently told the “CBS Evening News.”

Except, Republican Herbert Hoover was in office when the stock market crashed in October 1929. There also was no television at the time; TV wasn’t introduced to the public until a decade later, at the 1939 World’s Fair.

Relinquish thy trophy Sir Quayle and bow to thy master. Ye hath been officially out-gaffed.

Initially I dreaded the addition of Joe to the ticket. Having watched him on C-Span over the years I braced myself for weeks of phony posturing and long condescending speeches.  But now I’ve kinda grown to like the guy. He’s got this lovable, Howard Dean quality to him.  Listening to him speak off the cuff is like being at the plate against a hall-of-fame pitcher… you never know what’s coming next.

Please keep him on Barry, we beg you.



The smear sleuth

Many of you are familiar with the recent smear-videos targeting Sarah Palin which have been circulating around YOUTube in recent weeks. A well known example is the one that inaccurately claims she was once a member of a secessionist political party in Alaska (she has in fact been a registered Republican since 1982). If you thought these vids were baseless and lacking in taste, you were right.

And if you thought they seemed a little polished for an amateur grassroots effort, you’re not alone.

Rusty Shackleford of The Jawa Report has engaged in a thorough and impressive research mission to trace just who is behind the creation of these ads. The results are eye-opening.

Here is what he found:

Our research suggests that a subdivision of one of the largest public relations firms in the world most likely started and promulgated rumors about Sarah Palin that were known to be false. These rumors were spread in a surreptitious manner to avoid exposure.

The PR firm in question is called Winner & Associates (which not surprisingly is headed by staunch Obama supporters). And they don’t come cheap. As The Jawa Report explains:

These people are professional guns for hire. Looking at their portfolio makes that clear. And they only work for big clients. The kind of clients that pay big bucks. The kind of people hired by Exxon to convince people that the effects of the Valdez spill were over. The kind of people hired to help push through oil fields in Chad and Cameroon or help companies respond to boycott threats over the Beijing Olympics.

The kind of people who would have an in-house attorney to handle PR for Joe Wilson and Valerie Plame. And get them a movie deal.

Also the kind of people hired by the European Union to help sell the new EU treaty. Who was the lead in that effort? Ethan S. Winner.

Apparently these videos were distributed by Ethan and members of his family as well as other employees at the firm on company time. The technique they employed is called “astroturfing” — named so because it is essentially a phony grassroots campaign. In this case videos were planted in various spots on the internet under different names and made to look as if they were creations of left-wing political sites such as Democratic Underground or Daily Kos. The videos were also emailed to moderators at those very sites so that they could begin spreading the joy themselves.

If the term “astroturfing” sounds familiar, it’s probably because it is a favorite tactic of Barack Obama’s chief strategist David Axelrod. He is notorious for using this technique to disseminate “unofficial” campaign messages using the internet.

So this leads us to the million dollar question: Did Axelrod pay Winner & Associates to produce these misleading videos? The paper trail is not yet clear enough to answer that question but the similarities in strategy are certainly there. Rest-assured The Jawa Report is still on the case.

Shackleford and other bloggers have also been looking into the identity of the professional voice over artist used in the ads. They believe they have located her. Why is this significant? Because the woman in question has been used extensively by David Axelrod’s firm over the years… and because she’s the same woman who narrates Obama’s official campaign ads.

What we do believe we have found is that David Axelrod’s firm has worked with the voice over artist in the “eswinner” Palin smear video. In fact, each and every political ad showcased on Axelrod’s website that has a female voice over seems to be the same voice from the Palin smear ad. That Axelrod used her over and over again in his videos going back several years.

We also believe that Axelrod has used her in several official Obama campaign videos.

I’ll emphasise here that they haven’t yet linked these ads conclusively to Obama. Nevertheless the pattern that has emerged so smacks of David Axelrod… and that’s what makes the story so intriguing. It will be interesting to see what The Jawa Report comes up with.

At the very least they have proven beyond a doubt that this smear campaign is a much more organized effort that it was being made to appear. Somebody’s money went into this… we just need to find out who.

There are many more details to this story so I’ll leave you the link to the Jawa Report expose’ and let you come to your own conclusions. It’s a fascinating read and is being updated frequently as new info is procured.

This is one of those times when I really thank God for bloggers. Excellent work, Rusty!