Bonnie & Nixon

There's more to blogging than just banging on a keyboard. The future of blogging is vlogging, that is, video blogging. As technology gets more sophisticated and cheap, pretty much anybody can do it. Ed Driscoll is taking the lead with his series "Silicon Graffiti." In this installment he looks at the 1960s and the influence of the film Bonnie & Clyde. Highly interesting.

Where Janet Reno When You Need Her?

The Obama Cult is now complete as they have found a way to get children to sing for their leader like children have done for Mao and Hitler. If these kids were anywhere near a bible or some guns Janet Reno would have the place torched!

Anonymous Email Blogs Whistle On MSM

Glenn Reynolds got an email from an anonymous worker in a major newsroom stating that the fix is in to get Obama elected. No big surprise, but telling nonetheless.


The Financial Crisis In A Nutshell

How did we get here?

Liberals decided years ago that poor people should be able to own homes, free market be damned. So, they passed legislation to force lenders to give money to people that couldn't pay it back. Efforts to try and reform Fannie and Freddie were stalled for years by the Democrats in Congress. These same Democrats are now our supposed saviors who say it's all the fault of capitalism.

Why didn't the "crap sandwich" pass in the House? Did Pelosi blow it?

No, this was her plan, and Obama's. This is about getting him elected. As much as it pains me to say it, the people of this country (for some G-d forsaken reason) still have this notion that the Democrats are better on economic issues, thus the worse the economy, the more apt they are to elect a Democrat to the White House. Obama's poll numbers has climbed since Henry Paulson started his daily freak-outs, have they not?

Your witness.

The Fannie/Freddie Coverup

Thank G-d for YouTube, and Rush:


House Ready To Pass "Crap Sandwich"

At least I can still laugh about the downfall of the country. House Republican Leader John Boehner says the bailout bill is a "crap sandwich" but he has no choice but to take a bite and go "mmm, mmm!" when it comes up for a vote. Via the Politico:

In a closed-door session with House Republicans, Minority Leader John A. Boehner just called the financial rescue deal a "crap sandwich" - then said he’ll vote for it when it comes to the floor Monday.

House Republicans are the key to the bill's passage - Speaker Nancy Pelosi said earlier today that it's a "bipartisan" bill and will need "bipartisanship" to pass - and it now appears that a substantial number of them will put cast their votes in favor of it.

According to a source in the room, the plan has so far won endorsements from Minority Whip Roy Blunt, who negotiated it on behalf of the House Republicans; Eric Cantor, the chief deputy whip; and Paul Ryan, a hard-core conservative from Wisconsin who may hold more sway with conservatives on this issue than any other member of the House.

But like Boehner, Ryan wasn't exactly happy about how things have unfolded. Referring to the situation facing the country - and not the bill itself - Ryan said, "This sucks."


In fact, it reminds me of this:

New Lee Harvey Oswald Photo?

The story via Odd Universe.

House GOP Gets Half A Loaf

We're really in a no win situation with this bailout bill, but the hope for those of us that still value capitalism and liberty was that the House GOP could at least soften the blow. Well, here's what they were able to do (courtesy K-Lo):

1. No ACORN money: All money goes to debt reduction

2. No blank check: Treasury is required to develop an insurance program

3. No union power grab: Dodd-Frank permitted unions to force themselves into the board room. This proposed compromise eliminates that.

4. No "cram down" bankruptcy provision (aka, trial bar giveaway)

5. No tax hikes: The proposed compromise simply requires a proposal to Congress to recoup any potential losses.

Let's hope it's enough. My advice to Boehner and the boys (and girls) is to get this done, go home and campaign hard on the issue. Never make a speech without mentioning the names Barney Frank and Chris Dodd.

UPDATE: Michelle Malkin says not good enough.


Obama's Bracelet

Bringing back memories of George Bush 41 looking at his watch, Obama may have made a long-to-be-remembered gaffe.

Beldar: Sen. Obama treated that bracelet as a mere prop for a piece of political theater - and when he finally received what he recognized as a cue to perform, Sen. Obama still couldn't even deliver his intended line without a prompt.

Don Surber: Well they predicted senility and an inability to remember names at the debate…

How pathetic and how pitiful a way to remember the fallen.


The Big Debate

I couldn't watch the debate tonight. I'm just so burned on all the political stuff lately that I fear I would have developed a case of headexploditis. But, I checked out the blogs. The take from the gang at NRO's The Corner seemed to range from a tie to a McCain slam dunk. That's a pretty good sign for the Maverick as the NRO folks tend to be pessimists.

Debates, however, are almost always meaningless. The best they do is convince those who were supporting a certain candidate that yes, they like him, and yes, the other guy sucks. It's also an opportunity for a candidate to say a line that will be absorbed into the pop culture (see: "There you go again!") After that it just a chance for talking heads to get more air(head) time.

Why The Founders Wanted A Free Press

I think the past few days are a prime example of why the Founding Fathers wanted a free press and why they thought it so important to democracy. They knew that if the press was government run, it meant the government would have near unlimited power over information. That being said, I ask you, aren't we there today? Don't we have a situation where a faction of our government has unlimited power over the flow of information. Sure we have blogs and talk radio, but they reach a very small percentage of the population. The MSM is still the main source of information for the people, and so very much of what they report is simply wrong, simply that of a particular faction of the government and the culture. I hate to sound like a chicken-little, sky is falling ideologue, but I'm very concerned that we've reached a point where our so-called watchdogs, our so-called protectors of the First Amendment are going to elect a man to the presidency that knows nothing that isn't explained to him first, that can't speak eloquently without a teleprompter and is tied to people that hate everything this country stands for. Top it off we the fact that we are making moves this very day to socialize a portion of our economy which will lead to more and more socialism in the future. The people that caused this financial crisis are the people charged to fix it, but with a few exceptions, there is no mention of this fact in the press. Is it time to panic?


Harry Reid Tries To Pull A Fast One

Just breaking from Senator Jim DeMint's office. Nevada's biggest embarrassment, Harry Reid, is trying to sneak an oil shale ban into legislation at a time when everyone is preoccupied with the economy. Michelle Malkin has a roundup.

Bill Clinton Defends McCain Again

I gotta say, I hope Bill Clinton keeps "campaigning hard" for Barack Obama.


The Story Of Fannie And Freddie

Fox will surely be accused of being in the tank for the Republicans with this report, but I would ask those quick to make that charge, what in this story isn't true? (Hat tip: Ace)

The McCain Gambit

Big, big news today as John McCain has suspended his presidential campaign (including pulling all campaign ads) and gone back to Washington, D.C. to deal with the financial crisis. He has asked Obama to do the same and to postponed the presidential debated scheduled for Friday.

My first gut reaction is that it's a smart move. Whether or not it proves to be a good move politically, I applaud McCain for taking chances. For many months it appeared that McCain was going to go down as the sequel to Bob Dole, then he picked Sarah Palin as his running mate and now he walks the walk with his campaign slogan of putting country first. Obama so far hasn't taken the bait, so it'll be interesting to see how this plays out.

Obama has carried some momentum the past week with the poor financial news. This may be a way for McCain to call a time-out and get a momentum shift. The Bush bill is growing more unpopular by the minute with Congressional Republicans. McCain has a chance to take control of the situation. I just hope he listens to people like Jim DeMint. The Democrats, meanwhile, are scared to death of ending up on the wrong side of the issue with their bete noir President Bush.

McCain Camp Goes Nuclear On NY Times

I wish we'd heard more of this from McCain in the past decade, but c'est la vie.

McCain Loser.jpg

Liberal media bias anyone?

Matt Millen Should Run For Congress

In a move I never thought would happen while William Clay Ford Sr. was still walking the earth, the Detroit Lions have fired Matt Millen after 7 incompetent years as General Manger. The Lions are one of the worst run franchises in professional sports and they became all the more laughable as Millen kept getting contract extensions as the team got worse and worse.

So what's next for Millen? My suggestion is a run for Congress. After all, people like Congressman Barney Frank and Senator Chris Dodd helped create this financial crisis we're currently in, but have been assigned little if any blame. They've also been in Congress for longer than many can remember with reelection never in question. Millen thought he had found the perfect setup, a place where incompetence was rewarded, but it turned out that even the Detroit Lions have to draw the line eventually. In Congress, however, there is no punishment for incompetence, only glory. I look forward to the campaign.


A Headline That Speaks Volumes

Sometimes a news headline just throws me back on my heels as my brain goes into overload. This headline is a good example:

Okay, lots to deal with here. First, you can just sense the surprise from the AP headline writer that there are any shortcomings when it comes to government. After all, in the past week we've been hearing how private enterprise in America has failed and government is the only thing that can handle the economy correctly. Second, in this headline, we're talking about the Chinese government. This government, by the fact that it's a dictatorship, does not have "shortcomings." It is, in and of itself, an atrocity. It's like saying Adolph Hitler had an "odd" personality.

No doubt if I presented this argument to the AP they would first deny it and then if pressed say they have to appear nonpartisan in world affairs.

Journalism is dead.

Ayers And Obama: Guilt By Participation

Stanley Kurtz uncovers the relationship between the domestic terrorist and presidential candidate. It's the story the MSM refuses to touch.

Ask Yourself One Question

Why won't the Democrats meet with the President of Colombia?


Oakland Raiders Organization In Total Meltdown

Meltdown. We've heard that word a lot in the past week. While our government looks to nationalize our economy after a near financial "meltdown" one has to wonder if the Oakland Raiders shouldn't be the next in line for a bailout. PFT has the scoop.

Joe Biden, The Missing Member Of Monty Python

Joe Biden is awesome. No matter what, he just cannot stay on message and keeps giving the McCain camp reason to smile. Today, he slams his own running-mate (that's Obama for those keeping score) by saying his campaign ad picking on McCain for not using email with the regularity of a 14 year old girl was "terrible."

For Obama's campaign staff, dealing with Biden must be something like this:

Fascinating: Professors Offer New Theory On Stonehenge

A great big holistic healing center.

Biden Just Can't Help Himself

He once again bends a few facts to make it look like he was in harm's way in Afghanistan. Classic.

AFP Repeats Palin "Soliders Sent From God" Lie

It's done in a story about a British government minister who slammed Palin as "horrendous." I'd take it more seriously if the Labour Party wasn't four minutes to midnight.


President Bush Not A Dictator

Despite what you might hear at Daily Kos, the President of the United States only has so much power. There's a quote from President Bush's book about his first day as an MBA student at Harvard and how he was "there to learn," over at Jake Tapper's site. The implication of the post being he didn't learn anything and caused this crisis. If he were a dictator like say, a Fidel Castro, they would have a point, but we have a lot of hands in the economic cookie jar. Still this is a chronic condition with the America electorate. If the economy is good, the president gets good approval ratings, if it's bad, he's blamed. The speciousness of this reasoning makes one question the national IQ, but we see it every presidential election. Ironically, the America Left lays no blame for Cuba's economy at the feet of Castro. That's America's fault.

What a world.

Neal Boortz On The Financial Crisis

(Hat tip: AJ Strata)

Political correctness won the day. Washington made it clear to banks and other lending institutions that if they did not do something .. and fast .. to bring more minorities and low-income Americans into the world of home ownership there would be a heavy price to pay. Congress set up processes (Research the Community Redevelopment Act) whereby community activist groups and organizers could effectively stop a bank's efforts to grow if that bank didn't make loans to unqualified borrowers. Enter, stage left, the "subprime" mortgage. These lenders knew that a very high percentage of these loans would turn to garbage - but it was a price that had to be paid if the bank was to expand and grow. We should note that among the community groups browbeating banks into making these bad loans was an outfit called ACORN. There is one certain presidential candidate that did a lot of community organizing for ACORN. I won't mention his name so as to avoid politicizing this column.

Congress Castrates Itself

Shannon Love looks at how Congress is almost completely absent in this financial crisis which isn't good for democracy, but Congress is mostly to blame for shirking it's duties not just today but for decades.

Bush Tried Countless Times

Gateway Pundit has a timeline of the financial crisis and all the times Bush raised alarm bells but was ignored.

Obama Campaign Loaded With Bank Scandal Ties

Reliapundit is all over the story (as usual) with a focus on Obama's biggest fundraiser, Penny Pritzker.


The Real Culprits In This Meltdown

From Investors Business Daily. (Hat tip: Wide Awakes)

There's a political root cause to this mess that we ignore at our peril. If we blame the wrong culprits, we'll learn the wrong lessons. And taxpayers will be on the hook for even larger bailouts down the road.

But the government-can-do-no-wrong crowd just doesn't get it. They won't acknowledge the law of unintended consequences from well-meaning, if misguided, acts.

Obama and Democrats on the Hill think even more regulation and more interference in the market will solve the problem their policies helped cause. For now, unarmed by the historic record, conventional wisdom is buying into their blame-business-first rhetoric and bigger-government solutions.

While government arguably has a role in helping low-income folks buy a home, Clinton went overboard by strong-arming lenders with tougher and tougher regulations, which only led to lenders taking on hundreds of billions in subprime bilge.

Market failure? Hardly. Once again, this crisis has government's fingerprints all over it.


Jesus The Physical Therapist

Smart readers of this website know that stories about visions of Jesus or the Virgin Mary on walls or grapes or French toast just do something to my funny bone. Now it appears that Jesus may have taken an interest in overweight women.

Up Is Down, Black Is White

This has been a rough week for the country and it's been painful to watch. We faced an unprecedented financial crisis that was created by a combination of greed on Wall Street and incompetence in our government. Add onto this the fact that our country is divided ideologically and our so-called guardians of the First Amendment that call themselves journalists have chosen a side in this ideological divide and will lie and cover up information to meet their ends. "It's Bush's fault, it's capitalism's fault, it's the free market's fault." President Bush proposed an overhaul of Fannie and Freddie in 2003 when everyone I knew was buying a house and wondering why I wasn't. Barney Frank, lifetime Democrat Congressman from Massachusetts said at the time there was nothing to worry about and Bush was crazy. How do I know this? From reading "right-wing" blogs, not from NBC, CBS, ABC, et al.

To quote the X-Files, "The truth is out there," but I fear not enough people will get to hear it before November 4.

Fodder For A New McCain Ad

Barney Frank in 2003.

Hacking Investigation Grows

Gateway Pundit is all over the story and has the scoop on the hacker's ties to the Democrat Party and possibly the Obama campaign.

Another Clintonite Backs McCain

Miguel D. Lausell, Puerto Rican businessman and longtime Democrat Party activist. (Hat tip: Instapundit)


Socialism In A Nutshell

Pejman Yousefzadeh over at RedState has unearthed a stunning video clip from the British comedy series "Yes, Prime Minister" that in the span of 6 minutes tells you everything you need to know to understand government socialism. This clip is so ingenious it should be put on the homepage of the GOP.


Hope And Change, R.I.P.

It's over...hope and change, that is. Obama is done with his post-racial, new kind of politician stuff. He might still mouth the words occasionally but in practice, Obama is headed toward the home stretch and he's going for broke. Scorched earth. We're down to about 50 days before the election and I would suggest you buckle up. Michelle Malkin has a roundup.

Biden Calls For Patriotic Taxes

Early in Bill Clinton's first term, he called paying higher taxes "patriotism." Now, Joe Biden has followed suit and said that "it's time to be patriotic" and pay higher taxes. Of course, he couches this as higher taxes for "wealthy Americans." What you have to define, dear reader, is what the Democrats consider wealthy. Over $200,000? Over $50,000? Try anyone that makes any kind of income and you have your definition.

This is really scary.

The Last Smart Democrat

Lynn Forester De Rothschild. Listen to the whole thing and be sure to catch the very last thing she says to Wolf Blitzer. Priceless: (Hat tip: Gateway Pundit)

Obama's Digital Brownshirts

Goosestepping their way onto the airwaves of Chicago radio. (Hat tip: Instapundit)

It's On Like Donkey Kong!

Barack Obama smears Rush Limbaugh in a new Spanish language ad.

Microwave some popcorn, this is gonna be interesting.

Jim DeMint Needs To Lead Senate

Every time I read a story that comes down to the differences between capitalism and liberty versus socialism and regulation, the one man in the Senate who also has something astute to say in the defense of the former is South Carolina Senator Jim DeMint. The Republicans in the Senate need to make this man their leader whether they be in the minority or, hopefully someday soon, the majority. He seems to be the main voice for the Red States in the Congress. Example here.

Media Ignores Obama Iraq Scandal

While we have a presidential candidate trying to horn in on negotiations over troop withdrawals from Iraq, the media is more interested in Sarah Palin's tanning bed and who paid for it. Journalism is dead.

It's Official: The Rosenbergs Were Soviet Spies

A stunning confession from a 91 year old man puts an end to the myth that the Rosenbergs were victims of a repressive American government.


Pelosi Orders Wolves To Investigate Hen House Massacre

...or something.

Bill Ayers Wears Ring Made From American Aircraft

The American Thinker has the story.

As a gesture of solidarity, the Vietnamese who Dohrn met in Budapest presented her with a ring made from an American aircraft shot down over North Vietnam. Bill Ayers would receive a similar ring while meeting with Vietnamese communists in Toronto. He later recalled being so moved by the gesture that he "left the room to cry." He said, "I realized...America was an evil... and that I was... living inside the belly of the beast...."

Scripted Bull Inside The Rodeo Ring

In the biggest confession yet from Obama that he can't improvise, the Democrat nominee gave a speech, with teleprompter, inside a rodeo ring in Pueblo, Colorado. Bloom off the rose, indeed.


Pink Floyd's Rick Wright Dies

One of Pink Floyd's founders back when they were called Sigma 6, Rick Wright's haunting keyboards were an essential part of the Pink Floyd sound. "The Great Gig In The Sky" will no doubt serve as his epitaph.

Matt Damon, Howard Zinn And Hollywood Censorship

While actor Matt Damon worries himself sick over Sarah Palin and how she might have "tried to ban books," Andrew Breitbart forces Damon and other Hollywood hypocrites to look in the mirror at their own silence when it comes to Islamofascism: silence over the murder of Theo Van Gogh; changing the bad guys in a Tom Clancy movie from Muslim terrorists to Austrian Nazis and buckling to Clinton Machine pressure over "The Path to 9/11."

Hollywood is the home of censorship and it's people like Matt Damon who make it happen.

Did Obama Try To Subvert US-Iraqi Agreement?

Take this with a grain of salt, but if true, it smacks of Nixon and Kissinger working to subvert the Paris peace talks in 1968. Regardless, it's worthy of further exploration, but since it involves Obama, don't expect to hear much about it in the MSM.


G. Gordon Libby, Call Your Office

Darleen Click has the scoop on the "plumbers" that work on the Obama campaign.

MSM Outlets Ruin Mildly Good Reputations

To be honest, I've never read the Atlantic Monthly once, don't know much about it, but when conservatives start listing out their media enemies, the Atlantic Monthly is rarely mentioned. Now, it has gained membership in the elite club that is the Driveby Media by sending a McCain-hating photographer to take a picture of McCain for the magazine. The photographer in question has admitted to trying to make McCain look as bad as possible.

Then you have Charlie Gibson and ABC. When looking at the MSM, ABC has in the past few years developed a reputation as the least worst of the liberally-biased media (a lot of that is due to Jake Tapper). Charlie Gibson was thought by many as a nice, even-handed guy. Then he gets the Sarah Palin review and decides to act like John Houseman in The Paper Chase. Nice going, Charlie. Whatever inroads ABC was making with the conservatives (who do watch television and vote with their dollars like everyone else) are now gone.

And again, it needs to be said. No one is saying Sarah Palin shouldn't have to face tough questioning, she should, but so should Barack Obama and they both should be treated with respect.

How Rumors Get Started

Amazingly, CNN did a segment that debunked all the ridiculous rumors about Sarah Palin. This video is an excellent primer on how these rumors get started and is made all the more amazing by the fact that so-called serious journalists fall for them. These serious journalists also refuse to retract.


Seixon Coming Back

When I first started blogging, I discovered a website called Seixon. I found his blogging some of the best on the web, but after a while he decided he needed a break and put the site on the shelf. Not long after, I decided to keep a link to his site on my webpage and in parentheses put (Come back, Seixon!). Well, now I may have gotten my wish. The link to his site has this:

When George starts it up again, I'd advise you to make his site a daily habit.

Obama His Own Best Critic

I know I'm biased and perhaps that's clouding my judgment, but it just seems like Obama's campaign ads have been extremely pedestrian, sloppy and just plain bad. First he goofs up by bashing McCain for not using a computer or email (like that disqualifies him) then finds out he does use the computer but has to have Cindy McCain do it for him since his war wounds make it very hard for him to use a keyboard.

Then today I saw an Obama ad on TV. It was the simple kind where Obama looked right at the camera and gave his message. It started with him saying "We've heard a lot of talk about change this year." He gives a bunch of empty liberal/socialist platitudes and then ends it with "change has to be more than a slogan."

Actually not a bad ad when you think about it as he took to task the candidate that's been going on and on about hope and change without any substance behind it...except that candidate is himself!

Biden Needs Alarm Bell For His Brain

Johnny Dollar has audio of an interview with Chris Wallace of Fox News talking about the latest political news. He makes a great comment on the gaffe-machine that is Joe Biden about 3 minutes in. Basically, he says Biden needs an alarm installed in his brain that goes off whenever he utters the words, "frankly" or "let's be honest" because whatever comes after those words is gonna be the wrong thing to say.

Radio Legend George Putnam Dies

Talk about longevity. George Putnam was in broadcasting for over 70 years! I'll just be happy to live that long. One of the last conservative Democrats, Putnam often said, like Reagan, that he didn't leave the Democrat Party, it left him. And a little known fact, he was the inspiration for Ted Knight's portrayal of Ted Baxter on the Mary Tyler Moore Show. Michelle Malkin has a tribute.


Obama Steps In It Again

He releases a campaign ad that bashes McCain for not using a computer or email. Oh, guess what? McCain doesn't use a computer because he can't.

McCain gets emotional at the mention of military families needing food stamps or veterans lacking health care. The outrage comes from inside: McCain's severe war injuries prevent him from combing his hair, typing on a keyboard, or tying his shoes. Friends marvel at McCain's encyclopedic knowledge of sports. He's an avid fan - Ted Williams is his hero - but he can't raise his arm above his shoulder to throw a baseball.

This is bordering on incompetence.


A Tale Of Two Roses

Michelle Malkin sees a stark contrast between John McCain and Barack Obama at the 9/11 memorial today at Ground Zero. While McCain gently sat a rose down on a pile of other flowers laid in remembrance, Obama flung his onto the pile. Is this a big deal? It's debatable. I'm certainly never one to stand on convention (it never stood on me! *rimshot*), but the video does tell a story. Many Obama supporters will see this as making a mountain out of a molehill and they may be right, but I would counter that with a few questions: How did you feel when President Bush said to the Pope, "Awesome speech your Holiness," or when he winked at Queen Elizabeth? Be honest.

Journalism Is Dead: Charlie Gibson Version

Via The Volokh Conspiracy.

The End Of The Associated Press?

Let's hope so. From Jeff Jarvis (Hat tip: Instapundit):

New Jersey's Star-Ledger today put out an entire edition without anything from the Associated Press within. The sharp-eyed reader will notice lots of local news by staff plus articles from other papers-Washington Post, LA Times, McClatchy, the Glouceseter County Times-and content from online services such as Sportsticker.

Thank You President Bush

It was 7 years ago today that America was attacked by terrorists in New York, Washington, D.C. and over the skies of Pennsylvania. We must never forget what happened and why, and we must also never forget that in the 7 years since this attack there hasn't been one attack on American soil. On September 11th and September 12th of 2001, I had many conservations with people who agreed that America was now another Israel, meaning we would have to live in a world of car-bombs and attacks on buses, trains, coffee shops, etc. Seven years later, nothing. Thank you President Bush for keeping us safe when another political party in this country has done everything it could to prevent keeping us safe.


Father Of The "God Particle" Confident; Bashes Hawking

It seems even the world of science can turn into the WWE. The man who developed the theory of a particle that gives matter mass known as the Higgs Boson or "God Particle," says he's pretty confident that he'll be proven right by the new CERN super collider in Switzerland, though it may take about three years to find the particle. He also heaped scorn on the world's most famous physicist, Stephen Hawking, who doesn't believe the particle exist.

Professor Hawking once placed a $100 bet that the particle does not exist and continues to argue that there are more interesting outcomes to be drawn from the LHC than the discovery of the Higgs boson.

Professor Higgs, who first postulated the existence of the particle 44 years ago, reacted with visible irritation. "I have to confess I haven't read the paper in which Stephen Hawking makes this claim," he said. "But I have read one he wrote, which I think is the basis for the kind of calculation he does. And frankly I don’t think the way he does it is good enough.

"My understanding is he puts together theories in particle physics with gravity . . . in a way which no theoretical particle physicist would believe is the correct theory.

"From a particle physics, quantum theory point of view, you have to put a lot more than just gravity into the theory to have a consistent theory and I don't think Stephen has done that. I am very doubtful about his calculations." Other members of the panel moved swiftly to cut off the discussion, suggesting that he had taken Professor Hawking's views out of context.

It appears science is not devoid of emotion after all. Higgs also stated that the fear that the super collider will create a black hole that swallows us up is nonsense. Whew!

Interesting too about Hawking, while he is an international celebrity it has more to do with the fact that he's handicapped and a genius. Most physicist consider him and his theories to be second-rate at best. Pop culture is so often misleading.

The Eagleton Option

Jim Geraghty made the early prediction fresh off the Palin pick that Barack Obama might look to take the "Eagleton Option" (patent pending) and dump Biden for Hillary. Others, like UJ, the Libertarian Popinjay's Senior Analyst for Economics and Coffee, have predicted this as well and think the smart money is leaning toward this outcome. We all knew that Joe Biden is a gaffe machine, but he's making it hard for us to keep up with the gaffes. In the span of 24 hours, he's asked a man in a wheelchair to stand up and he's told a crowd that Hillary Clinton "might have been a better pick than me." Yes, perhaps he's just being self-deprecating, but like I said about Obama's lipstick comment, these are supposed to be the cream of the political world...they should know better.

Now as to Biden getting dropped and Hillary asked to join, there are several options to consider, but one is the most likely. Hillary, while an authoritarian and wrong on many, many issue, is not a stupid person. She understands the political game and is a cold calculator. The best option for her, if such an opportunity were to arise would be to tell Obama no, let him go down to defeat and pick up the pieces in 2012 using the campaign slogan, "See, I Told You So!" (with apologies to Rush Limbaugh). I don't know that it'll come to that. This is getting to be too much like a made for TV movie, but if by some chance it does, my guess is Hillary plays it cool and tells Obama he's on his own.

Campaign Gets Ugly; Obama Lashes Out

It's been a bad couple of weeks for Barack Obama. Since Sarah Palin entered the stage he's been flailing. Yesterday, he made a remark that lipstick on a pig is still a pig which the press took as a swipe at Palin. Obama has called this a trumped up media story and he has a point. He may very well have not meant it the way it sounded, but that in and of itself is telling. Let's assume he didn't mean it the way it sounded, a smart politician would know better than to risk giving people the opportunity to make that assumption. This is why Obama is referred to as a gaffe-machine. It's also why Dan Quayle got a lot of criticism from his own party. When he hit the stage in 1988, he made a lot of gaffes that while innocent showed a lack of political maturity. Since he was a Republican, they were magnified. Obama's now in a tight race and if he wants to play with the big boys, he has to know better.

Meanwhile, someone who by now should know better, Joe Biden, asked a man in a wheelchair to stand up. Innocent mistake, but in the political arena it's damaging. Captain Ed points out the urban legend that President Bush waved to a blind Stevie Wonder (when in fact he was waving at Kelsey Grammar). You gotta be careful.

Super Collider Powered Up

The geek in me just loves stuff like this. The world's largest super collider on the border of France and Switzerland was fired up last night as physicist search for "G-d's particle."


Palin "Gaffe" Actually Flirts With The Truth

Michelle Malkin explains just what Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac are all about.

Obama Backs Himself Into Corner On Taxes

Geesh! He's really spinning his wheels now. Barack Obama admits that raising taxes during an economic downturn would only make things worse:

Democrat Barack Obama says he would delay rescinding President Bush's tax cuts on wealthy Americans if he becomes the next president and the economy is in a recession, suggesting such an increase would further hurt the economy.

Okay, so if a tax increase would hurt the economy why do it at all? This has a McCain campaign commercial written all over it.


The End Of The Patriots Dynasty?

Yes, it's a typical MSM headline, but I couldn't resist. Tom Brady left game against the Chiefs with a knee injury and Yahoo! Sports is reporting it's the ACL which means his season is over.

It's funny how popularity works. I understand that Brady is possibly the best player in football and I'm bummed to see him hurt, but to watch the postgame shows today, it was like a funeral. Ah, to be loved.

Book Claims Kim Jong Il Dead Since 2003


Jamie Gorelick's Path Of Destruction

She's like a frightening amalgam of Forest Gump and Zelig. Whenever there's a disaster coming out of Washington, D.C., Jamie Gorelick is almost always involved. The next administration should avoid her like the plague.

Do The Jets Only Have One Kicker?

What the hell is going on with the New York Jets? Their kicker gets injured and now they're having one of their quarterbacks taking warm-up kicks? They have no one else? What am I missing here?

Fascism For A Day

From Jonah Goldberg at The Corner:

I guess I've got to watch Meet the Press today. From a reader:

I just saw Thomas Friedman on Meet the Press, saying how great it would be for the US to "be China for a day" so that the President of the US could freely impose whatever energy policy he (or she!) wishes. Clearly, you need to send Thomas Friedman a copy of Liberal Fascism.

Keep up the good work.

WTF??? If I were his editor... How can anyone who calls himself a journalist, who is protected by the First Amendment suggest a temporary tyranny for his own country? Journalism is dead folks, pass it on.

Meet The New Karl Rove

The International Herald Tribune takes at look at Steve Schmidt, the man behind John McCain's aggressive campaign.


If You Had Told Me Two Months Ago...

That the Republican National Convention would be the highest rated political convention ever, bigger than Obama's convention and that Rush Limbaugh would be calling John McCain, "John McBrilliant," I probably would have punched you in the face for being so stupid.


Home Foreclosures A Benefit To Some

Virgin Mary Found On Grape

I don't know why, but for some reason these stories that pop up every so often about people seeing the Virgin Mary on walls or French toast or whatever else just make me laugh myself silly. I think it might be because these figures actually do look like the Virgin Mary shape-wise and I start to think about the discovery process. You do a quick glance and something catches your eye, you look again and you wonder, "is it what I think it is?"

The latest, courtesy of our good friends at Odd Universe, a Texas woman finds the Virgin Mary on a green grape. You just have to love the absurdities of life.

The Future Of Western Conservatism

Really good column today from one of the better writers out there, Gerard Baker:

It never ceases to amaze me how the Left falls again and again into the old trap of underestimating politicians whom they don't understand. From Ronald Reagan and Margaret Thatcher to George Bush and Mrs Palin, they do it every time. Because these characters talk a bit funny and have ridiculously antiquated views about faith, family and nation, because they haven't spent time bending the knee to the intellectual metropolitan elites, they can't be taken seriously.

So the general expectation was that Mrs Palin would stumble on to the stage in high heels, clutching her sprawling, slightly odd family (five children! how weird), mispronounce the name of the Russian Prime Minister, mutter a few platitudes about God, and disappear for ever to a deafening chorus of sniggers.
No one paid much attention to the fact that she had been elected governor of a state. Or that she got to that office not because, unlike some politicians I could mention, her husband had been there before her, or because she bleated continuously about glass ceilings, but by challenging the entrenched interests in her own party and beating them. In almost two years as Governor she has cleaned out the Augean stables of Alaskan Government. You don't win a statewide election and enjoy approval ratings of more than 80 per cent without real political talent.

Rangel Paid No Mortgage Interest On Beach House

Congressional crook Charles Rangel has admitted he didn't pay mortgage interest on a beach resort property for about 15 years. His defense is basically ignorance. Did I mention he's the Chairman of the Ways and Means tax-writing committee? Oy.

U.S. Flexes Muscles In Georgian Port

The USS Mount Whitney pulled into a Georgian port to bring humanitarian aid to the city of Poti where Russian troops still loom. This comes fresh off of Vice President Dick Cheney's trip to Ukraine where pledge American support to the former Soviet state. The chess match continues.

McCain A Ratings Blockbuster

I knew Sarah Palin would be a ratings bonanza, but I'm surprised to learn that McCain got more viewers than Obama. The numbers are preliminary, but it looks like the Maverick got a big bump.


McCain-Palin Ticket Official

McCain gave his acceptance speech tonight. I missed 90% of it as I had to work tonight, but from what I saw and have read, it was pretty good. Nothing was going to top last night, but that's not really the point. This was John McCain's moment to say, "here I am, now it's up to you to decide if I'm the guy."

I noticed they played Heart's "Barracuda" during the balloon drop. Interesting.

On to the debates!

More Media Lies

I have read some vacuous, disingenuous pieces of tripe in my day, but nothing like what I've read today from Roger Simon (not to be confused with Roger L. Simon). I say disingenuous because he knows what he's saying is not true. He knows that no one has said questions shouldn't be asked of Sarah Palin, it's what kinds of questions (like "is that really your baby?"). Politico burst on the scene not long ago and looked to be a fairly even-handed political news source. No longer. It's another MSNBC, just online.


Meet Sarah Palin

Here's my take FWIW:

She's a beautiful woman and a strong woman. She seemed just a touch overwhelmed at the beginning, but I think that was emotion. She started the speech going through the family stuff as every candidate has to do...

...then she took off.

My favorite line was how she would explain to Obama/Biden exactly what being a Mayor/Governor entails. It was at that moment that we got the Sarah Palin Look (trademark pending). It's a look that says, "I'm gonna kick your ass!"

After this she started to loosen up. When talking about energy she really seemed to be in her element. McCain needs to use her for that in a big way.

Then it was standup comedy as she slammed Obama's bravado from his Greek temple to his self-proclaimed Moses-like qualities, not to mention a shot at Harry Reid's manhood. Can you say "barracuda?"

Bottom line: I like her, I feel better, and I think she may just have what it takes. Stay tuned.

MORE: A brilliant take from Daniel Henninger:

Hillary Clinton still plays the victim card. Sarah Palin gives off no victim vibes.

Rudy Speaking At The Convention

Do you understand why Rudy was my guy in this election from day one? I love this man!

How Lies Become "Truth"

Lorie Byrd gives an excellent primer on what I've been talking about for years: the media has a template for taking a smear and making it part of pop culture.


It's All On Palin, Again

The next volley from the MSM is to push the meme that Sarah Palin is the next Thomas Eagleton. They are really going for broke to destroy this woman, but let me tell you, I can understand why. If McCain were to actually chicken out and dump her from the ticket, that's it...game over. I'll start blogging about ancient pottery techniques and call myself Sally, because there would be no point in talking about the election. It would be over. Obama would be president.

Just the fact that I'm talking about this shows the power of the MSM. They do whatever they can to make us think in a certain way, and unfortunately, we fall for it all too often. I don't see Sarah Palin dropping out, there's no reason for it and she's got millions on her side.

The GOP and the MSM are now in an all out war. Who is going to win?

Fred Thompson Wows RNC

First let me say this is the first time in I can't remember how long when I've actually sat down and watched cable news. That being said, Fred Thompson gave a really nice speech tonight, the kind of speech that makes you wish he could have spoken like that when he was running for President. C'est la vie. I've heard John McCain's POW story before, but never better than by Thompson. I nearly teared up.

Ole Fred might have had a better chance at the Presidency if his throat were in better shape, but what can you do? I hope he keeps working behind the scenes with the GOP and if McCain wins, he can hopefully help him find another John Roberts.

Democrats Release Personal Info On Palin

Including partial Social Security number. Keep it up, boys, keep it up.

Voiceover King Dies

It never rains, but it pours. Another celebrity death today with the passing of voiceover man Don LaFontaine. If you've been to a movie in the last 30 years you know the voice, usually beginning with "In a world...".

G-d has some oration competition in Heaven.

Jerry Reed Dies

You may not know the name right away, but mention Smokey and the Bandit and you know who we're talking about instantly. The singer-actor was best known for his role in the film and it's sequels and for singing the theme song. I also know from some professional guitar players I know that he was actually one of the better guitar players in country music, it just so often got lost in Smokey and the Bandit fame. So long.

It's Down To Her

Having the weekend to digest the Sarah Palin pick and all the hatred aimed at her by the media and the Democrats, I can now say that ultimately it all comes down to her.

We've got the stories of the state trooper investigation, her daughter's pregnancy and all that. The MSM wants us to believe that will affect the voters, it won't. What everything is riding on now is how she will handle herself in her speech tomorrow and her debate with Biden. The media has tried to set her up as someone who will crack under the pressure, but if she weathers the storm, it may be over for Obama. It's the last question to be answered before November.

A TNR spoke to a source in Alaska who says that people underestimate Palin at their peril. Anyone who takes on the Murkowski Machine and defeats them in a route is not to be taken lightly.

Now this may be McCain spin, but here's what an aide told Bill Kristol: (Hat tip: Hot Air)

McCain aides whose judgment I trust are impressed by Sarah Palin. One was particularly amused by this exchange: A nervous young McCain staffer took it upon himself to explain to Palin the facts of life in a national campaign, the intense scrutiny she'd be under from the media, the viciousness of the assault that she'd be facing, etc.:

Palin: "Thanks for the warning. By the way, do you know what they say the difference is between a hockey mom and a Pit Bull?"
McCain aide: "No, Governor."
Palin: "A hockey mom wears lipstick."

I hope that's true, and it's what I mean when I say it's down to her. If she is as tough as she says, the GOP will be celebrating come election day.

A Good Western-Style Libertarian

David Harsanyi makes the libertarian case for Sarah Palin at RealClearPolitics.

Sun Spots Fortell Ice Age?

As we all know, the sun has nothing to do with the heating and cooling of the earth, it's all caused by man. That's what makes this story by Gar Swaffer (great name) so puzzling:

No observable sunspots in the month of August correlates to a paper by two astronomers refused in 2005 by the journal Science for being too controversial. And is a possible signal of an Ice Age on the way. Not global warming!
Beg pardon?

Three past events in the observed life of the planet earth have led to much colder climate extremes. They are the reduced sunspot activity periods , Maunder, Dalton, and Spörer Minimums. They correspond respectively to the periods, 1645-1715, 1790-1830, and 1420-1570*.
Uh oh. So what does this all mean?

The opinions and experiments as noted above are still subject to interpretation, the one incontrovertible fact though is that the climate is far too complex at this point in time to be considered easily predictable. That is the essence of my argument against the concept of the global warming proponents who are seemingly in possession of a second set of Tablets from The Mount on which the Goracle has pronounced the existence of, and the inevitability of global warming due to the excesses of mankind, while he (Al Gore) travels the world in his private jet.

Hey now Gar, that's dangerous thinking. The kind of thinking that could get you a small apartment in The Hague.

Warning: McCain Victory = Race War

They're getting worried over in Liberal Fascism land. Now this from a Philly columnist:

If McCain wins, look for a full-fledged race and class war, fueled by a deflated and depressed country, soaring crime, homelessness - and hopelessness!
Of course this begs the question, what the hell does she know? It's more of a wish than a prediction, but that's how they think.

Obama Takes Shot At Palin

He's trying to ignore the fact that she's a governor and is trying to compare his record to her record as the mayor of a small Alaska town. Coward.

"My understanding is that Gov. Palin's town, Wassilla, has I think 50 employees. We've got 2500 in this campaign. I think their budget is maybe 12 million dollars a year - we have a budget of about three times that just for the month," Obama responded.

He's qualified to be president because he's been running for president? Pathetic.


Anarchists Descend On St. Paul

It's just sick what some people are capable of when they have nothing else in their lives. Several left-wing groups and anarchists have invaded the Twin Cities in order to make life miserable for Republicans and local Minnesotans. What kind of people are these?

The Fall Of Andrew Sullivan

It's rather sad to watch. Sullivan was the guy that got me interested in blogging. He fought the machine at the New York Times and did some fantastic writing. Now, for reasons that can't be explained, he's completely joined the ranks of hypocritical charlatans that infest the WWW. I guess it happens to the best of them.

Iraq Security Takes Over Anbar Province

More proof that this war is won. Tigerhawk has a great take:

Nevertheless, Iraq does seem to be the rare case when victory is an orphan. Perhaps that is because so many American politicians denied parentage that there is nobody left to give the actual parents any credit.

Funny Spin: Palin Family Saving Social Security

Can't argue with this logic.

Obama Says Back Off On Palin's Daughter

That's all well and good, and good for him, but ultimately it's meaningless. It's not like his surrogates are going to stop.

How To Stop Worrying And Love The Iranian Bomb

Well, the sourcing is a little suspect at the moment but Israel's Army Radio is reporting that Vice Presidential candidate Joe Biden has told Israeli officials in closed quarters that they need to get used to the idea of a nuclear Iran. I would bet that's true, but I would also bet dollar to donuts that he'll deny it. Either way, how any American Jew can support the Obama ticket I'll never understand.

Hurricane Gustav Met With Good Governance

I'm watching Bobby Jindal on Fox News right now, and let me tell ya, this guy is gonna be President of the United States someday.

Anatomy Of A Smear, Creation Of An Urban Legend

Okay, I fancy myself a media theorist and generally brilliant guy, so in an effort to put up or shut up, here's my take on this whole Palin baby story.

First, you have a diarist at Daily Kos speculate that Sarah Palin's son Trig, who has Down's syndrome is in fact her grandchild and the baby was born to her daughter Bristol in one of those famous American teenage pregnancies. In an effort to cover for her daughter, Kos accuses Palin of faking her pregnancy. They use pictures of Bristol Palin with a bit of a tummy as their proof.

Well, as it turns out Bristol is pregnant, as we speak. She got pregnant with her boyfriend who she will soon marry and have the child. Naturally, this makes the left-wing bloggers happy while the rest of us say, okay, so what?

Now we've entered the realm where truth is no longer a factor. The story has received enough attention from the MSM that the idea of the faked pregnancy is now a part of pop culture. For the rest of Sarah Palin's life, people will always wonder if Trig is her son or grandson and it will always be quipped about by her political enemies.

The plus side for Sarah Palin in this is that it's not the worst thing one can be suspected of. What mother wouldn't be willing to do this for her child, some will say. It's out there, it can't be undone. That's the way of urban legends.

For me, it doesn't change a damn thing. I couldn't care less that her daughter is pregnant. Family matter. But I'll tell you this, there's not way the Kos diarist just got lucky. Obama's prints are all over this one.

MORE: Yes, Bristol being pregnant now makes it impossible that she is Trig's mother, but you're letting truth get in the way my dear reader. That's the point of my post. Truth doesn't matter when you're creating an urban legend. The Left knows this.