There's Always A Catch

I had a feeling Jackie and Dunlap over at Red State Update would have an interesting take on Sarah Palin. Enjoy. Not safe for Mom.

Just a side note. Have you noticed there's no Blue State Update comedy team? Why would is that do you think? (Answer: Blue States have no sense of humor about themselves)

Right-Wing Fox News Sends Geraldo To Louisiana

Just watching the coverage on Fox News and Geraldo Rivera is talking to all the National Guardsmen from Louisiana who weren't able to help out during Hurricane Katrina because George W. Bush sent them to Iraq. So very right-winged Fox News.

The Politics Of The Hurricane

While Michael Moore and other Democrats are making Hurricane Gustav a political issue by rooting for it to hit New Orleans, I'm going to take a turn and get political with the weather:

The hurricane is in the Gulf of Mexico and affects five states: Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama and Florida. All have Republican governors, therefore, I surmise they are going to be fine. In Katrina, the Gulf was devastated, but Texas, Mississippi, Alabama and Florida weathered the storm...Louisiana did not, because it had an incompetent governor.

Not all politicians are the same. Who you vote for can be the difference between life and death.

Greatest. Blooper. Ever!

Even if I live to be 100 years old, I'll never get tired of watching this: (Hat tip: Hot Air)

Alan Colmes Takes The Lead In Palin Hate

Friday, Rush Limbaugh made this prediction:

It isn't going to be long before members of the Drive-Bys or the Democrats or their spokesman start talking about how irresponsible she was to get pregnant at 44.

So far, Alan Colmes has come closest to taking the bait by wondering aloud if Palin took the proper prenatal measures during her pregnancy. That would be enough right there, but Colmes, apparently sensing he stepped in it, has deleted the post from his webpage. Nice.

First Day Of GOP Convention Cancelled

Probably a smart move, but they're going to have to take it day by day which won't be a picnic. Meanwhile, Michael Moore and Don Fowler jump for joy.


Quote Of The Day

From Glenn Reynolds, re: Sarah Palin.

And as for comparisons to Quayle, could somebody remind me again how many terms Lloyd Bentsen served as Vice President?

As Glenn himself would say, "Heh!"

Democrats Root For Hurricane To Hit Big Easy

Sickos, but hardly surprising. They've been rooting for American defeat in Iraq, why not another hurricane leveling New Orleans if it earns them some political points. The MSM won't say a word, the RNC needs to hit this hard.

Here We Go...


Friday Night Funny

Enough politics, time for some levity. One of my favorite shows is Hogan's Heroes (yes, I find WWII extremely funny). The cast were talked into doing a Jell-O commercial during the shows run. It's campy goodness, with a little Dream Whip on top.

The Destruction Of Sarah Palin

Well, it's been about 8 hours since John McCain introduced his Vice Presidential running-mate Sarah Palin. Here's a short list of what's been thrown at the Alaska Governor is this small time-frame:

1) Daily Kos speculates that Palin's baby with Down's Syndrome is actual the child of her eldest daughter and Palin faked her own pregnancy to cover it up.

2) Wired Magazine reports that Palin wants creationism taught in schools.

3) Florida Democrat Robert Wexler accuses Palin of being a Nazi sympathizer.

4) House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer says Palin is a worse VP pick than Dan Quayle. (If he truly believed that, you'd think he'd be happier)

That's just a short list and all I have the patience for. It's very frustrating to see all this but such is life in America. Gotta walk away from it for awhile, for sanity's sake.

Sarah Palin Smear Of The Day

The Dems and the MSM are gonna to be burning the midnight oil tonight trying to ruin Sarah Palin and some are starting off with a little improv. The absolute piece de resistance so far has to be that of Democrat Keith Boykin: (Hat tip: Hot Air)

It's an insult to women. I spoke to several women today at the Democratic National Convention who said it's insulting John McCain would pick somebody - an affirmative-action candidate basically - who is not qualified.

There you have it folks. After 30 years the Democrats are finally against affirmative-action.

Winning Over The Right People

There's a lot of kvetching going on at the indispensable Corner at NRO. That's fine, it's their job to be cautious and look at all the angles, and there are certainly some risks involved with picking Palin, but here's a few big pros.

Number one: the fact that there are risks and McCain picked her anyway proves Captain Ed's early point: McCain is playing offense, not defense. Let's talk about her drawbacks, let's have that discussion and see if they are indeed drawbacks. Have that debate with her and she more than likely will win the argument.

Number two: and this may be the most important, McCain has now galvanized some of his most ardent conservative Republican detractors. I haven't seen Michelle Malkin or Rush Limbaugh this excited and positive about the McCain campaign in, well, ever. They are two important pundits for any Republican campaign and getting them excited means the conservative base is excited, and when they're excited, Republicans win.

The Torricelli Gambit?

Jim Geraghty can't resist a chance to stir things up with a wild prediction:

One month from now, the Palin pick has proven a bonanza for the McCain campaign. A large chunk of Hillary's 18 million voters have been won over. Conservatives are unified and energized, and the previously-undiscovered "Maxim magazine vote" is suddenly giving McCain large margins among young males.
Joe Biden will disappear from the campaign trail, and we will later learn it was to see a doctor. A previously-undiscovered, vaguely ominous health issue will be discovered, and Biden will sadly announce that he cannot continue as Obama's running mate. With a sudden need for a new one, Obama will turn... to Hillary Clinton.
Call it the Torricelli gambit.

Heh! This is fun, isn't it?

Looks Like It's Palin

She's smart, fiscally conservative, pro-life (even has a son with Down's Syndrome), a governor, and she's a hottie. They'll charge she has little experience, but her experience is of an executive nature, not in the Senate where the number one priority is to enrich yourself.

I gotta say, I'm so impressed with how the McCain camp has been handling things these past few months. Everything they do seems to take the wind out of the Obama sails. This is a somewhat surprising pick and it tells me that the campaign has reason to believe that the riff between Obama and Hillary voters is bigger than many of us may realize. Stay tuned.
MORE: Captain Ed has the vapors. (Scroll to the bottom)
EVEN MORE: Ed also makes the brilliant point that this pick (and the recent actions of the campaign) show that McCain is going to play offense, not defense, and that's what Republicans have been asking for for years.
STILL MORE: A Naughty Librarian? (Hat tip: Don Surber)


McCain Tries The Old 'Kill Them With Kindness' Routine

According to the AP, John McCain's one-evening-only ad that will air tonight during coverage of Obama's acceptance speech with be extremely magnanimous. He will congratulate Obama on being the first black man nominated for president telling him that we'll be back at it tomorrow, but tonight is your night.

My first reaction is that it's a brilliant move. We'll have to see what kind of reaction it gets.

You Heard It Here First

I'm not one to toot my own horn, but I'm going to take credit as the first one to come up with the Fred for VP idea this week. I wrote last night:

You know what would absolutely blow everyone away? If we go through all this speculation about McCain's running-mate (Romney, Pawlenty, Palin, Lieberman, Ridge, et al) and it ends up being one guy we haven't been talking about: Fred Thompson. Sure, he's said he doesn't want the job, but I defy you to find me one politician in modern history that has admitted he did want to be VP. Fred would thrill the base and the pick would be right out of left field. Just a thought.

Then, this morning, a post from Wolking's World speculating that Fred would be a good pick. The post was picked up by Hot Air and has gathered steam. It would be a great pick...a grand slam home run, but unfortunately we have nothing to base it on except the speculation of two bloggers.

UPDATE: Geraghty says it ain't happening.

An Argument For McCain

It occured to me today that John McCain is a man able and willing to correct his own mistakes in short order. Back in the very early days of the presidential race, McCain's campaign was DOA. He was losing people from the campaign, his polling numbers were next to nil, it looked like the dream was over. So, he cleaned house, regrouped, and pulled off a stunning victory in the primaries starting with Florida. Then as Obamania took off, his campaign as the presumed nominee floundered once again. The North Carolina Republican Party started taking shots at Obama and McCain slapped them down for it. The conservative base reacted angrily and McCain learned his lesson. He brought new people into the campaign and began fighting back. The responses from the McCain camp to Democrat charges has been swift and powerful. It's barely out of Obama's mouth before you see a rebuttal video on YouTube. Granted, I'm biased, but it seems like McCain has shown a readiness to learn from mistakes and make quick corrections. Isn't that all you can really ask of a president?

Speaking of great videos, this one is fantastic.

Me, a McCain man. I never thought I'd see the day. He better not blow the VP pick.

Economy Rebounds In Second Quarter

And the Democrats go "D'oh!" as the economy grew 3.3%.


Political Blindness

It never ceases to amaze how people refuse to see the trash littered about their own yard. Jonah Goldberg caught this review of Joe Biden's speech from Jonathan Chait in TNR (emphasis mine):

What continues to be missing is a frame to explain why John McCain believes all these wrongheaded things he talks about. But it's very simple. McCain used to stand against the ideologues and moneyed interests of the GOP, but he decided that if he wanted to win the GOP nomination, he had to make himself their ally.

Ideologues and moneyed interests? Yes, the GOP has those. Every political party has those. Congress is a cesspool of corrupt lawyers enriching themselves, but to listen to pundits talk it's as if all the evil in politics exist only on the other side. Does Chait really believe there are no ideologues (snort) or moneyed interests (double snort) in the Democrat Party? Or does he believe there are but that Obama is "standing against" them? Either way, it's political blindness of the highest order, or it's simply lies that he hopes will be believed.

Stanley Kurtz Is On To Something

I didn't figure there would be much left to find in the Annenberg Papers but Stanley Kurtz is digging and the Obama campaign is pissed! Kurtz was on WGN radio tonight and apparently it was bedlam. It's possible their outrage is a red herring to make it seem like a big deal only to find out in the end it's nothing, but that's what the Clinton's are famous for, Obama's not really that smart I don't think. Keep an eye on this one.

What About Fred?

You know what would absolutely blow everyone away? If we go through all this speculation about McCain's running-mate (Romney, Pawlenty, Palin, Lieberman, Ridge, et al) and it ends up being one guy we haven't been talking about: Fred Thompson. Sure, he's said he doesn't want the job, but I defy you to find me one politician in modern history that has admitted he did want to be VP. Fred would thrill the base and the pick would be right out of left field. Just a thought.

Democrats Bring 'Dead Parrot Sketch' To Life

About 4 years back, I spent a lot of time studying the art of improv. I took classes with Second City and studied the works of Viola Spolin and Del Close. In improv you play "games." You get a situation and you do whatever you can to keep the situation going with your improv partners. One comedy sketch that is considered the Holy Grail(!) is Monte Python's Dead Parrot Sketch. If you've never seen it, it involves John Cleese going into a pet shop to complain that the parrot he just bought there has died. The shopkeeper, Michael Palin, does whatever he can to convince Cleese that the big is not dead even though he clearly is. Cleese and Palin play this game, going to extremes to prove their point, but the important aspect of the skit is that Cleese is obviously right and Palin's absurdity lends to the comedic situation. Here's just a bit:

Mr. Praline: Never mind that, my lad. I wish to complain about this parrot what I purchased not half an hour ago from this very boutique. Owner: Oh yes, the, uh, the Norwegian Blue...What's,uh...What's wrong with it?

Mr. Praline: I'll tell you what's wrong with it, my lad. 'E's dead, that's what's wrong with it!

Owner: No, no, 'e's uh,...he's resting.

Mr. Praline: Look, matey, I know a dead parrot when I see one, and I'm looking at one right now.

Owner: No no he's not dead, he's, he's restin'! Remarkable bird, the Norwegian Blue, idn'it, ay? Beautiful plumage!

Mr. Praline: The plumage don't enter into it. It's stone dead.

Owner: Nononono, no, no! 'E's resting!

Mr. Praline: All right then, if he's restin', I'll wake him up! (shouting at the cage) 'Ello, Mister Polly Parrot! I've got a lovely fresh cuttle fish for you if you show...

(owner hits the cage)

Owner: There, he moved!

Mr. Praline: No, he didn't, that was you hitting the cage!

Owner: I never!!

Mr. Praline: Yes, you did!

Owner: I never, never did anything...

Mr. Praline: (yelling and hitting the cage repeatedly) 'ELLO POLLY!!!!! Testing! Testing! Testing! Testing! This is your nine o'clock alarm call!

(Takes parrot out of the cage and thumps its head on the counter. Throws it up in the air and watches it plummet to the floor.)

Mr. Praline: Now that's what I call a dead parrot.

Owner: No, no.....No, 'e's stunned!

Mr. Praline: STUNNED?!?

Owner: Yeah! You stunned him, just as he was wakin' up! Norwegian Blues stun easily, major.

So what's this have to do with the political situation of today? I've been watching (more like reading) the news carefully all week. What I keep seeing over and over again is the Dead Parrot Sketch.

Let's start with Nancy Pelosi, a Democrat and a Catholic, who recently told us how the Church is conflicted on the subject of abortion and that it's been going on for 50 years, the "doctors" at the Vatican aren't sure, but St. Augustine thought life began at 3 months, etc. Several Bishops told her that this is incorrect and the Church has forbid abortion of any kind for nearly 2,000 years. No matter says Speaker Pelosi, she stands by her statement.

No, no, 'e's uh,...he's resting.

Now we look at MSNBC President Phil Griffin who says that despite spats between anchors, Keith Olbermann calling Democrats appearing on Fox News "Tokyo Rose" and telling Joe Scarborough to "get a shovel," the news network has no ideology.

"Look, when Keith anchors, he plays it straight down the line," Griffin said. "This is our team. They've served us well. We love 'em, and we're going to be at the Republican convention, and it's going to be great. And I don't have any hesitation."

Remarkable bird, the Norwegian Blue, idn'it, ay? Beautiful plumage!


ABC Producer Arrested For Filming Democrats

The police protect the political elites from the First Amendment. Nice.

Rich Is As Rich Does

Every presidential election we get charges from the Democrats that the Republican candidate is rich. "Look out everybody, he's a rich guy, burn him!" As anyone with two eyes can see, the Democrats are rich as well and often times the richer of the two. Anyone who sees this as a political issue is too stupid to live. Unless you're a member of a Fortune 500 list, here's a fact of life: The people who run for President, Republican and Democrat, have more money than you. Deal with it.

The Real Bill Ayers

Andy McCarthy has a writeup in the National Review on Weather Underground member and Obama BFF Bill Ayers. It's essential reading for anyone who's been following this story.

Obama Channels Spinal Tap

No, it's not a joke from The Onion as one McCain campaign official wondered, it's actually happening. Barack Obama is having a Greek temple built on the stage of the DNC for his speech tomorrow night. Arrogance you can believe in. Meanwhile, Jonah Goldberg's readers remind him that the whole saga has elements of This Is Spinal Tap. Too funny. Let's hope they got the Greek temple specs on a cocktail napkin as well.


The Attack On Michelle Malkin

Here it is at last, the video of the verbal attack on Michelle Malkin outside the Denver Mint. Ah, political conventions do bring out the worst in people, especially from those that need some free advertising for their radio show.

Hollywood: Home Of The Brave

John McCain held a fundraiser last night in, of all places, Hollywood. Here's a list of some brave souls putting their careers in Tinseltown on the line:

Stephen Baldwin
Pat Boone
Wilford Brimley
Dean Cain
Jon Cryer
Robert Duvall
Angie Harmon
Patricia Heaton
Lorenzo Lamas
Craig T. Nelson
Gail O'Grady
Gary Sinise
Jon Voight

Has Obama Lost Missouri?

It must be embarrassing when your kids are smarter than you, though my parents have gotten used to it. Last night, Barack Obama was live via satellite from Kansas City, Missouri and said "I'm with the Girardeau family, here in St. Louis." Rush Limbaugh, a Missouri native, reminds us that in Missouri this is a huge gaffe. Those two cities are not exactly on friendly terms. Barack's daughter Sasha, apparently catching the gaffe said, "Daddy what city are you in?"


Why Don't The Democrats Get It?

I guess not being a child of the 60's I'll just never understand how a group of youths could consider bombing the Pentagon or Capitol, cheering on Charles Manson or killing cops, then 40 years later wondering why people look at them funny. Obama and the Democrats don't seem to think that Bill Ayers and his comrades are a problem and that by bringing it up, McCain and the GOP are hurting themselves. Really? I'm no pollster, but I would bet the farm that a majority of Americans find the Weather Underground, shall we say, not on the level.

Obama Goes After Stations Airing Ayers Ad

And here I was worried about the little ol' Fairness Doctrine coming back. Michelle Malkin is all over the story.

Michelle Obama's Makeover

I've been skimming through the various takes on Michelle Obama's speech last night and discovered quite the interesting contrast. Most of the conservative pundits are quick to say that she did really well and look at the speech with some sense of admiration. A lot of the liberal pundits (as expected) wanted more of a fire and brimstone speech like we saw her give in the primaries. James Carville even said the whole night was wasted as the Dems tried to show a kinder, gentler party with less "Bush is the devil" rhetoric. So far, the most interesting take has been Byron York's comparing the two Michelle Obama speeches from last night and the one in Charlotte, North Carolina last May. Which is genuine? Obviously the Charlotte speech, but like good little slaves to the idiot box we believe what we're told. Michelle Obama is a loving mother and a patriot who speaks fondly of the America Dream. Sure, I'll buy that...and the Brooklyn Bridge.


A Close Call For The Popinjay

Loyal readers of Jim-Rose.com know that my home state is Nebraska. Well, the state recently made some national news when it passed a "safe-haven" law that allows parents of unwanted children to abandon them at hospitals no questions asked. Babies, you say? Yes, but also kids up to 19 years old! Good thing this law wasn't around in the 80's.

Hillary Releases The Hounds

"I will be telling my delegates that I will vote for Barack Obama," she said. "How they vote is a more personal decision. They want to have their chance to vote for me. That is what traditionally happens … some people are having to make up their minds because there are arguments pulling them both ways."


MORE: Fleetwood Mac puts it to song.

Blame Everyone But Russia

Victor Davis Hanson breaks down the varying takes on the Russian invasion of Georgia as only he can. RTWT.

The Founding Bloggers

Andrew Marcus and Jim Hoft (a.k.a. Gateway Pundit) have joined forces to create a new blog, Founding Bloggers (In Order To Form A More Perfect Blog). It's goal, to maximize freedom. Be sure to check it out.

Obama Wanted Sebelius And Other Tidbits

Some good stuff this morning in The American Spectator's "Washington Prowler" blog. Their sources tell them that Obama really wanted Kansas governor Kathleen Sebelius but due to the utter failure of the European tour, they decide to go with Biden due to his (faux) foreign policy experience. The Prowler also notes that Evan Bayh wasn't too happy being used as a red herring (see the bumper stickers story). I'm sure he'll get over it.


Rendell Calls Out MSM On Obama Bias, MSM Takes Umbrage

He may be your typical Philadelphia crook politician, but I've always had a soft-spot for Ed Rendell. With him, you know where you stand, and he couldn't be more right about the media.

"MSNBC was the official network of the Obama campaign," Rendell said, who called their coverage "absolutely embarrassing."

Chris Matthews, Rendell said, "loses his impartiality when he talks about the Clintons.”

At that point, PBS's Judy Woodruff, who was moderating the moderators event, said: "Why don’t we let Governor Rendell sit down."

That was met with applause from the crowd of big-time media figures, which included Arianna Huffington, Gwen Ifill, Al Hunt, and Chuck Todd.

Woodruff allowed Brokaw to respond, and in defending the network, he said that Matthews and Keith Olbermann are "not the only voices" on MSNBC.

Yes Tom, there was another voice, Tim Russert, but he's dead. Now MSNBC is just the "Daily Show" with a bigger budget.

AP In Trouble Over Obama Criticism

Ron Fournier of the AP strayed off the reservation recently and criticized Obama's pick for VP in Joe Biden. Now the drones that worship the Messiah are calling for executions at the most liberal media outfit in the country.


The End Of History Returns To The Fold

Confession: I love Roger Kimball's work. The man is a complete nerd. He wears a bow tie, is highly educated and was probably born with his nose in the middle of a book on Western philosophy. But he continuously writes stuff that the nerdy side of me revels in. Case in point: he's calling for entries in contest to find the silliest argument by a serious academic in the last 25 years. The obvious odds-on favorite is Al Gore with Global Warming, however he may be disqualified if Kimball holds us to the "serious academic" part. Kimball's entry is Francis Fukuyama's End of History motif. His analysis is here. I read End of History in the mid-90s and found it a fascinating read and an inspiration to my academic studies, but at the time I had a sense that while it was a fascinating argument, it was most likely wrong. Well, no harm done, but Fukuyama didn't take this criticism well, especially after 9/11 and the rise of Islamofascism. So enraged by the so-called "cowboy diplomacy" of the Bush Administration, he endorsed John Kerry in 2004. Now with the rise of the Russian Bear and China, Fukuyama is back with more.

Fascinating stuff. It's no wonder I don't have a girlfriend.

Late Night With Joe Biden

4:50 in the AM on a Saturday. That's when Barack Obama announced to the faithful that his pick for VP is Joe Biden. That says something, it has to. It hearkens back to the Clinton Administration when they would release documents to Ken Starr on late Friday afternoons.

I think you have to consider the fact that Obama really doesn't want a Vice President. Why share the spotlight when you're the Messiah?

Regardless, Joe Biden on a national ticket is going to be fun. Now the ball is McCain's court. He needs to hit it out of the park (yes, I'm mixing sports metaphors) with his pick and kick hard toward the finish line (horseracing).

MORE: Best reaction I've seen so far is from Ron Rosenbaum who is pretty livid:

But a huge mistake by Obama in choosing a self-important clown for vice president, a choice that is the gift that will keep on giving to his opponent throughout the rest of the election. Biden has proven himself incapable of opening his mouth without making you cringe at his self-congratulatory pretentiousness.

But why? One thing I always felt about Obama was that he won't be rolled, played, by traditional pols. And yet there is evidence that's what happened. It turns out he surrounded himself with top staffers from loser hacks like Dick Gephardt, the kind of people who are revered in the Senate "class of dummies" I referred to. Beltway brilliant. Smart only in sucking up to reporters. The only kind of people who could take Joe Biden seriously and don't realize how they've betrayed the trust of Obama supporters who believed that he was something different. Not only betrayed his supporters, betrayed Obama.



Signs Pointing To Biden

Jake Tapper over at ABC has a source telling him that the U.S. Secret Service is heading to Joe Biden's estate in Delaware. Meanwhile, the Weekly Standard has a source saying "It's Biden."

Do I dare to dream? Are we about to see the most pompous, arrogant, self-righteous, conceited, haughty, egotistical presidential ticket in the history of western civilization? Stay tuned.

Dog Saves Abandoned Baby

A mother dog in Argentina is being hailed as a hero for finding and taking in an abandoned newborn baby and keeping the him safe and warm with her own pups. The baby was born prematurely to a 14-year old girl who panicked and left him in a field where the dog, named La China, found him.

Nature never ceases to amaze me.

This War Is Lost Won

The time has come to say it: the war in Iraq has been won. President Bush took a lot of heat (some deserved) for saying "Mission Accomplished" as soon as Baghdad fell, but now it needs to be said. The New York Times, perhaps the biggest media enemy of the Bush Administration has stated "The surge, clearly, has worked," though they hedge it with "for now," but coming from the Times, that says a lot. Also, we seem to be working out a timetable with Iraq for a slow withdrawal from the country to be completed by 2011, assuming all goes well. It's over folks, the rest is in the hands of the Iraqis.

How Can You "Vet" A Clinton?

I love this story being floated by Politico saying that Hillary Clinton wasn't even vetted for Obama's VP. Just the concept makes me laugh. Can you imagine trying to vet a Clinton?

"So, does this candidate have any baggage that might hurt a political campaign?"

"Well sir, to quote Spinal Tap, her amp goes to 11."

Vice Presidential Predictions

For the record, my predictions:

John McCain will pick Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty. He's pro-life, conservative, Midwestern, in a swing state, smart politician, not a Washington insider nor a Mormon (not that there's anything wrong with that IMHO).

Barack Obama pick is harder to predict, but if my hand is forced, I'll go with Evan Bayh. Moderate (somewhat) and from the Midwest. His name might be a problem as it sounds like "bye" but we'll see.

Obama Professes Admiration For China

Heard on Rush this morning, Obama heaped praise on China for its infrastructure:

"Everybody's watching what's going on in Beijing right now with the Olympics , Think about the amount of money that China has spent on infrastructure. Their ports, their train systems, their airports are vastly the superior to us now, which means if you are a corporation deciding where to do business, you're starting to think, 'Beijing looks like a pretty good option.'"
It's easy when you don't have to worry about labor laws, environmental standards, construction buildings that don't collapse. Hell, it's easy when you don't have to worry about a free populous. Besides, it's all a lie as Jim Geraghty shows us. Can Obama really be this dumb...or does he really love tyranny?

Report From Tbilisi

Michael J. Totten has a report from Georgia as the tiny democracy looks to us for support.


Obama And The Annenberg Papers

If you've heard bits and pieces about this story involving Barack Obama and his time with the Chicago Annenberg Challenge, his buddy William Ayers and Mayor Daley, Thomas Lifson has a good primer over at The American Thinker. Is it a big story? Yes. Will anything ultimately come of it? Probably not as I'd bet the farm that any incriminating documents have recently met their demise.

Thank God For The "Cache"

If it weren't for the cache on Google, we wouldn't have the evidence to prove what we already know: the Chinese government, like all totalitarian communist governments in history, will do anything to a gain propaganda advantage on the world stage. Like the Soviet Union or the East German "ladies" from the 70s and 80s, it's all from the same playbook.

McCain On The Offensive

I have to say, I'm really impressed with the McCain Campaign as of late. It's so rare to see Republicans...any Republicans fight back against the Democrats and McCain has been hitting back at Obama at every turn. The celebrity charge he made against Obama really stung and that seems to be the central theme of his shots at Obama.

As for Vice President, if I had to put money on it, I would say McCain will pick Tim Pawlenty of Minnesota. He's pro-life, conservative, not a Washington insider and while somewhat unknown he's not so known to the political establishment that he's a polarizing figure like a Dick Cheney (not that that's all bad). Plus, Minnesota is a swing state and while I think the get-out-the-vote pull of a Vice Presidential candidate is generally overrated, he could be of some help to tip Minnesota and maybe Wisconsin to McCain. Regardless, I hope he doesn't pick a moderate and I don't think he will. The recent fighting spirit of the campaign to me is a sign that they're getting the message from the conservative base. If that's so, then it only makes sense he'll pick a conservative VP.

Meanwhile, Obama's gonna let his drones know who his pick is via text-message sometime this Saturday. I'd love it if it was Joe Biden, but that would be so much arrogance on one presidential ticket they'd probably have a hull breach. My upset pick: Mark Warner, despite his possible bimbo problem.

USA Volleyball Team Loves George W. Bush

Much to NBC's chagrin.

You Stay Classy, Senator Reid

I'm now convinced that the Senate Majority Leader from Nevada suffers from a form of Tourettes.


Postmodernism Undone!

Warning...heavy scientific content. (Hat tip: Instapundit)

In the latest issue of Nature News, Postdoctoral Fellow Nadav Katz explains how his team [took] a "weak" measurement of a quantum particle, which triggered a partial collapse. Katz then "undid the damage we'd done," altering certain properties of the particle and performing the same weak measurement again. The particle was returned to its original quantum state just as if no measurement had ever been taken.

Because theorists had believed since 1926 that a measurement of a quantum particle inevitably forced a collapse, it was said that in a way, measurements created reality as we understand it. Katz, however, says being able to reverse the collapse "tells us that we really can't assume that measurements create reality because it is possible to erase the effects of a measurement and start again."

Okay gang, I'm no quantum physicist, but based on what I know about the subject, this is a pretty big discovery and not just scientifically, but philosophically. The Heisenberg Uncertainty Principle states that you can know an electron's position, or you can know an electron's momentum, but you cannot know both at the same time; by measuring one, you change the other. Philosophers took this theory and ran with it in the form of Postmodernism. Dave Kopel explored this in 2002:

But as Marxist sociology professor Stanley Aronowitz (City University of New York) has argued in his book Science as Power: Discourse and Ideology in Modern Society, Heisenberg's work also seems to legitimize the whole postmodern project. Because of physics' reputation as the most rigorous and neutral of all the sciences, the work of Heisenberg and his colleague Niels Bohr seem to supply the definitive proof for postmodernism's skepticism about truth and universal values. If, as Aronowitz and other postmodernists argue, Heisenberg showed that even science didn't have objective truth, then literature and the humanities certainly could not.

More could politics or morality. Same famous postmodernists in history: Pol Pot, Ayotollah Khomeini and Jean-Paul Sartre. Get the picture? So now what we may have is a debunking of the impetus of an entire philosophical movement. Heavy stuff, I know, but damned interesting.

Jon Voight For Vice President!

My favorite actor has hit back at Roseanne Barr for her tirade against him and his daughter, Angelina Jolie. I love this guy!

Quote Of The Day

From Ralph Peters' column in the New York Post:

Imagine a President Barack Obama pitted against Putin - the Left's new messiah would be gobbled up in one bite.

U.S. Sign Missile Agreement With Poland, Democrats Cringe

Welcome to another addition of Retro Theater! On today's show, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice visits Poland to sign a missile agreement that will protect the European nation from the Russian Bear. Meanwhile, back in Washington, Democrats are doing what they can to protect the world's largest rogue state.

"Go ahead and move on with research and development," said Representative Ellen Tauscher, Democrat of California, who is chairwoman of the House subcommittee that oversees the missile defense program. "But as far as putting holes in the ground in Poland, we are saying no."

Tune in tomorrow for more of "Hey, Remember The 80's?"


McCain Camp Keeps Media, Bloggers Guessing

I do have to hand it to the McCain Campaign, they're floating many, many trial balloons and floating them so fast you can barely keep up. Who will McCain pick as VP? One minute he's talking to pro-choicers, then saying he got the message from the pro-lifers, then he's talking to Ridge, then hinting Ridge is out, then talking to Lieberman... then he throws out names like Giuliani, Pawlenty, Romney. Every minute the pendulum swings back and forth and the bloggers are going nuts.

Hopefully he'll pick a conservative and I still think that's where the smart money is. I like Kathryn Jean Lopez's theory that it's all a headfake before picking a pro-lifer VP so the conservative base will breath a sigh of relief and get excited.

Another Obama Flag Gaffe

Or is it?


Back Tomorrow

Sorry for the light posting the past week. Took a few days off from the riff-raff of our American culture. Needed to recharge the battery. Back tomorrow with a vengeance!


Kerry Trial Balloon Gets Plenty Of Ink

Wow, they are really pushing this John Kerry for VP trial balloon hard over at the Obama campaign. Granted, I'm biased, but I really don't see how this kind of pick has any positives. Maybe it's a red-herring. Stay tuned.


Chaos In Georgia

The Georgian troops are so humiliated and out of their element, they've begun firing at friendly journalists:

These sort of world events remind us how far ahead America is as a civilized culture. Granted Russia is running roughshod over the Georgian Army, but even the Russian Army is chaotic and ill-trained. The Georgian Army is probably less equipped mentally and physically than the Rhode Island National Guard.

Rush said it best. This is about oil. Russia wants to control all of the Oil flowing to Europe while our government works to prevent us from drilling for our own oil.

Bigfoot Carcass Found?

It's gonna be a fun couple of days!

McCain Doesn't Back Down From Georgia Comments

He expands on his statement that "we are all Georgians" with a column in the Wall Street Journal. Bravo, Senator, bravo.


Surprise: Russia Breaks Cease Fire

Who would have guessed? My Leftists friends tell me that it's Georgia's own fault because they provoked the Russian Bear. Oh, and it's America's fault too, or perhaps more specifically John McCain for acting like a statesman. After all this time, I'm still amazed at the Left's lack of concern for innocent human life. Bleeding heart liberals? Show me just one.

MORE: Case in point, Robert Scheer: (emphasis mine)

Is it possible that this time the October surprise was tried in August, and that the garbage issue of brave little Georgia struggling for its survival from the grasp of the Russian bear was stoked to influence the U.S. presidential election?
You see that? The "garbage issue" of brave little Russia? These people are happy that innocents are being slaughtered. They're happy Russia is back in the repression business. Sick. (Hat tip: Rush)

MORE: Captain Ed has a cool, levelheaded take on the whole situation and how there is one instance where America is to blame, and it begins and ends with Kosovo.


Rally In Georgia

Finally something to make me smile...five Eastern European Presidents (Poland, Ukraine, Latvia, Lithuania, and Estonia) fly to Georgia to appear at a rally with Georgian President Saakashvili in a show of support for the small democracy. Also mentioned at the rally was one John McCain for his statement: "We are all Georgians today." Big, big campaign issue for McCain that he should pound away on from here to November.

Fairness Doctrine Could Target Blogs As Well

Surprise, surprise. In a speech today at the Heritage Foundation, FCC Commissioner Robert McDowell says if the Fairness Doctrine is brought back via Congress, it could be used against bloggers as well as broadcasters.

No doubt. If Obama is President and the Dems control Congress they will definitely give it a try.

John McCain Was Right

Not something I say very often, but in this case, he deserves props. Even the New York Times and the Chicago Sun-Times are admitting McCain was right about Russia all along while the rest of us kidded ourselves.

Many of us, including myself, believed for a while that the Russians were our friends. We saw Bush and Putin being chummy, Putin learning to speak English, Russia in the G7, it all seemed very cordial and that after a half-century Cold War, we were finally allies. However, John McCain, like Churchill, was the lone voice (with some exceptions) saying Putin was a fraud and a hard-line needed to be taken with the Russian Bear. Now, we have all the proof you could ask for, an unprovoked invasion of a sovereign democratic country. The world continues to be dangerous, the end of history has been put on hold until further notice. Who's the best man to lead the West? It's John McCain. Despite all my misgivings about the man, he's proven that he's the best man to lead not just America, but the Western World. I shudder to think of Obama dealing with these kind of crises.

We also have to face the fact that Russia is bent on Empire, and the Baltic States now have no choice but to arm themselves, and we have to help them. They need hardware and they need training. Latvia, Estonia, Lithuania, Georgia, Ukraine, et al need our help and we have to answer the call.


The Folly Of Diplomacy

This is one of those days when you see just how inadequate the fine art of diplomacy can be. We have an America ally invaded by Russia, yet we do nothing except say "Now, now!" The reason given is that we need Russia in the efforts to keep Iran at bay. Please. Russia is as much help in this area as I am in a physics lab.

Bottom line, our government, our State Department, doesn't think Georgia important enough and we let this ally, who sent many troops to Iraq, dangle in the wind under Russian aggression. Very sad.


Surprise: Edwards Admits Affair

The MSM blackout of the story is over, at least at ABC where they got the exclusive confession interview on Nightline tonight. Now the interesting part...how does the rest of the MSM respond?

Can we now finally say conclusively and without argument that there's a liberal bias in the media?

MORE: Two things really stand out in the confession:

Edwards made a point of telling Woodruff that his wife's cancer was in remission when he began the affair with Hunter.

Yeah, instead of being just a scumbag for cheating on his wife, he doesn't want to be labelled an über-scumbag for cheating on his wife while she has cancer.
And the pièce de résistance:

Edwards denied paying any money to Hunter to keep her from going public but said it was possible some of his friends or supporters may have made payments without telling him.
Classic! The best hush money denial ever! This guy was almost our Vice President folks!

Pièce de résistance part 2:

"He was running for president. What’s he supposed to do? Admit it?" asked a former aide.

Lindsey Graham Screws GOP Again

Heard on Rush this morning, more evidence that supports my theory that South Carolina Senator Lindsey Graham is a Democrat Party plant. His main purpose in life seems to be making sure the Republican Party becomes a permanent minority party.

Russia And Georgia On Brink Of War

Gateway Pundit has a breakdown.


Headline Of The Day (If Not The Year)

I'd expound on this, but my mother reads this blog.

Obama Slams America Again

Look, we all have problems with our country at times and the direction it's headed, but Obama gives you the sense that the country is just a cesspool and there's no future. Call me a nerd if you will, but I've studied history and I've listened to my relatives who lived through the Great Depression, two World Wars, etc. It's crazy how good life is now for even the poorest Americans. Our quality of life in every respect is better than it once was. I'm certainly concerned about the country's creep toward socialistic authoritarianism, but if I were running for president, I sure wouldn't be accentuating the negative all the time. Alas, that's what his base thrives on...America sucks and that's all there is to it. Only when they lead will they feel America is worth a damn. "We're the ones we've been waiting for!" These lines form Barack and Michelle tell the whole story.


Robert Maheu Dies

He was Howard Hughes' right-hand man, yet he never laid eyes on him. Robert Maheu was a Las Vegas legend and an American legend in many ways. He reminded me of the Woody Allen character Zelig who was at every notable event in his historical era. The major events of the mid-20th Century, whether it be plots to assassinate Castro, oil deals in the Middle East or just about everything involving Howard Hughes, Bob Maheu's fingerprints were all over the place. I was scheduled to meet with the Maheu at a panel discussion on Howard Hughes but he had taken ill and wasn't able to make it. I then planned to schedule an interview once he recovered, but alas he never did. I really would have liked to meet him and pick his brain about life in the underworld. Another missed opportunity.

Al Gore Is A Complete Joke

If we didn't have Al Gore somebody would have to invent him. This story on his new yacht just takes the cake.


Uh Oh: Fox News Cameraman Rescues Injured Marine

Mike Wallace is not gonna like this one bit.

Bob Novak Retires

First Ted Kennedy, now Robert Novak. The longtime Washington reporter announced that he had a brain tumor about a week ago...now it appears his prognosis is "dire" and he has therefore announced his immediate retirement. Very sad.

Oil Price Plunges

What have I been telling you? Since late Friday we've seen Barack Obama flip-flop on domestic drilling in Florida and the House Republicans stage a sit-in of sorts on the House Floor over oil drilling. Come Monday morning what happens? Oil drops $4 right out of the gate.

I'll say it again...you don't have to drill to get oil prices to go down (though it helps), you first need to let the world know you're willing to do it! That's how the markets work, especially the oil market. It's based on predictions and the current state of affairs. It's also the same with foreign policy. A country like Iran isn't going to concede to certain demands unless we show that we're willing to take them on militarily if necessary. That's why the Bush Administration has said for years, "nothing is off the table." It all comes down to intentions.

McCain Evens Things Up

I don't put a lot of stock in polls before October, but I can't scoff at the significance of the latest Rasmussen poll that shows McCain in a dead heat or slightly leading Barack Obama. Considering that the MSM is in the tank for Obama and gives him 24/7 coverage, this is pretty big. Is the bloom indeed off the rose for Obama and can he get it back? Perhaps in a related story, Obama has flip-flopped even further on oil drilling which has emboldened House Republicans. Gotta like how things are going right now.


Alexander Solzhenitsyn Dies

The man who opens the eyes of the West to the horrors of Stalin's Gulags has died. The AP write:

His "Gulag Archipelago" trilogy of the 1970s shocked readers by describing the savagery of the Soviet state under the dictator Josef Stalin. It helped erase lingering sympathy for the Soviet Union among many leftist intellectuals, especially in Europe.

Maybe in Europe, but Stalin's followers are stronger than ever in the United States.


As The Favre Turns

What is it with these pro athletes who are near the end of their career? First Roger Clemens implodes, now Brett Favre looks like he wants to do whatever it takes to ruin his reputation. I don't get it.


Republicans Finally Grow A Pair

A group of House Republicans have stayed behind in Washington while Nancy Pelosi and the Democrats have left town for the summer break. Despite the fact that the Congress is closed and the C-SPAN cameras have been shut off, they've stayed behind to debate bills aimed at drilling for more oil and bringing down gas prices. To top it off, they have officially asked President Bush to call a Special Session of Congress:

Congressman Jeb Hensarling (R-TX), Chairman of the House Republican Study Committee (RSC), and Congressman Mike Pence (R-IN), former Chairman of RSC, today urged President Bush to call for a special session of Congress after the House adjourned without allowing a vote on comprehensive legislation to develop more American energy and help the millions of Americans currently feeling pain at the gas pump.

I'm not sure I have faith in Bush to do something this ballsy, but I wish he would. This is exactly what the Republicans need to be doing. It's a golden opportunity that's been handed to them by Reid and Pelosi.

UPDATE: A Gang of 10 in the Senate?

MORE: "The Guerilla Congress." See what a little moxie can do? Don't let up guys, don't let up!