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)
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)
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
My first reaction is that it's a brilliant move. We'll have to see what kind of reaction it gets.
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.
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.
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.
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!
Craig T. Nelson
"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.
"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.
Fascinating stuff. It's no wonder I don't have a girlfriend.
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.
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.
"So, does this candidate have any baggage that might hurt a political campaign?"
"Well sir, to quote Spinal Tap, her amp goes to 11."
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.
"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.'"
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.
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."
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.
"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?"
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.
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.
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?
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.
No doubt. If Obama is President and the Dems control Congress they will definitely give it a try.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Pièce de résistance part 2:
"He was running for president. What’s he supposed to do? Admit it?" asked a former aide.
I'd expound on this, but my mother reads this blog.
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.
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.
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!