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Glenn Beck Nails It September 12, 2008

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Glenn Beck writes a commentary over at CNN.com addressing some of the more ridiculous claims against Sarah Palin.  It is about as to-the-point and fact-filled as one can get.

Home Run.

Palin Smears, Continued September 11, 2008

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With respect to our ongoing actions in Iraq, Sarah Palin has been deliberately (shocker, I know) misquoted.

What she said:

Pray for our military men and women who are striving to do what is right. Also, for this country, that our leaders, our national leaders, are sending [U.S. soldiers] out on a task that is from God,” she exhorted the congregants. “That’s what we have to make sure that we’re praying for, that there is a plan and that that plan is God’s plan.”

Note the bolded section.  This clearly, contextually, indicates she is requesting of God that our leaders are taking right action.  She is not declaring or stating that it is so.

How the AP bowdlerizes the quote:

“Our national leaders are sending them out on a task that is from God,” she said. “That’s what we have to make sure that we’re praying for, that there is a plan and that plan is God’s plan.”

Notice something missing?  Yeah.  Me too.  They turn her prayer from a request to a statement of fact.

And now that the meme has been created, it is being perpetuated.  From ABC’s extensive 2-day tag-along and interview with her:

Sarah Palin on God:

GIBSON: You said recently, in your old church, “Our national leaders are sending U.S. soldiers on a task that is from God.” Are we fighting a holy war?

PALIN: You know, I don’t know if that was my exact quote.

GIBSON: Exact words.

Please.  The next time someone tells you the press isn’t biased?  Just point them here.  This is a perfect example of just how bad it has gotten.

I weep for this country.

<HT:  HotAir>

Time for a Link Dump September 10, 2008

Posted by nukemhill in Economics, Environment, Investing, Politics (Ghahh!), Sarah Palin, Technology, WoT.
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Too many open windows in Safari, so it’s time to clean up.  Here are some of the things I’ve been interested in:

  • Unlocking the Auction-Rate Mess at Barron’s:  “Retail and institutional investors alike loaded up on auction-rates in recent years, assuming they were almost as liquid as cash. Generally, investors can opt to sell such securities at weekly or monthly auctions — or at least they could until the investment banks stopped bidding on them last winter. The result: Holders of $330 billion of securities quickly found they had no buyers, and no way of unlocking their money.”  Much more where that came from.
  • Alt-Energy ETFs.
  • A look at the Annenberg Challenge, which is still causing quite the controversy.  Stanley Kurtz over at The Weekly Standard is still digging around.  I’m actually thinking he won’t find anything, but Obama and his clan certainly didn’t do themselves any favors by trying to bury the data.
  • Should Google Go Nuclear?  A video of a presentation done at Google by Bussard.
  • Articles, at The Economist and The Wall Street Journal (here, too), on the Russian invasion of Georgia.
  • Houston Chronicle on Sarah Palin’s knowledge of the energy industry.  Bottom line:  a lot.
  • Liberal Arrogance at Bidinotto.
  • How The Surge Worked.  And, uh, for the few clueless wonders who still believe otherwise?  It did.  Even Obambi is grudgingly admitting to it.  Months and months after the rest of the world got it.
  • The best gaming-PC money can buy.
  • Omnivoracious:  The Best Business Books Ever.

Possible Palin Responses to Obama’s “Pig” Gaffe September 9, 2008

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Above it all:  “I guess Mr. Obama thinks he can intimidate us with insults.  Well, I’ve heard much worse at Junior High hockey games.  He’s going to have to try much harder than that.  I’ve got standards, after all!”

Risque:  “PIG?  Is he flirting with me?”

Oblique:  “Pig?  He’s been hanging out with too many ACORNs.”  (Okay, really oblique!)

Backatcha:  “Ironic, I think, to be called a pig by someone who’s been slurping at the trough of earmarks to the tune of three quarters of a billion dollars over the last couple of years.  That would be the hog calling the sow fat.”

That’s what I’ve got at 11:30pm on a Tuesday night.  Others welcome in the comments.

Food for Thought September 8, 2008

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I’ve had this thought a couple of times, so I figured I should just write it down, to show how sagacious I am! 😉

Many of Sarah Palin’s critics argue that she’s not qualified for the VP slot because of certain lackings in her CV:  “She doesn’t have enough executive experience”, or “She doesn’t have enough foreign policy experience”, or even “she still has a family to raise.”

Gang, if she had all of those bullet points on her resumé, she wouldn’t be number 2 on the ticket.  She’d be Number One.

McCain/Palin Smears Vetting Zone September 7, 2008

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I’ve been spending quite a bit of time of late reading through lots of different blogs discussing the amazing hatchet job the press (as proxies of the DNC) has been trying to do on Sarah Palin, and through her on John McCain.  The public backlash against this witch hunt has been, if not completely unexpected, still surprisingly strong.  McCain’s already up by 3 in the latest Gallup, and there may be a couple more days of post-convention bounce left.  Tomorrow’s Rasmussen will also be telling.

So, obviously the word is out that the press and the Democratic Party have gone beyond the pale, and the backlash against them is looking to be profound.  The problem is, there’s still so much shit out there about Palin, in particular, and even about McCain.  It’s really hard to keep up.  I’ve been getting emails from well-meaning relatives who are scared to death of Palin, because they’re not oriented towards Conservativism to begin with, and she’s been cast as the devil-incarnate by the MSM.  And there are some true Left-tards on Tweeter who are saying remarkably dispicable things.

It would be nice, if I may finally get to my point, if there were a clearing house of people who were focused on particular aspects of who Palin and McCain are, so that the issues that come up (some of them justifiably–like the possibility that Palin was trying to censor books in her Wasilla town library) can be addressed thoroughly.  There’s a lot of work being done out there to get to the truth, especially behind the smears.  It just takes some work sometimes to dig it up.

Some blogs/sites that are worth following, that I know of:

  • HotAir.  AllahPundit and Ed Morrissey have done a lot of heavy lifting, both in their own footwork and in linking to the appropriate outside sources.  Allah with his typical wit and pessimism, and a remarkable grasp of details and, dare I say it, nuance.  Ed with a solid sense of what Conservativism means to him and many people, and an ability to give background to a lot of the stories they cover.
  • Beldar.  Bill Dyer (Beldar–yes, that name should ring a bell, Conehead fans) has been tooting Sarah Palin’s horn (hmm, might want to reword that!) for several months now, and is where I found my first in-depth information about her a couple of months ago.  He’s got a whole series of longer posts going into detail about her strengths as a candidate, and debunks several of the smears thrown against her of late.  Good reading.
  • Protein Wisdom.  Just go there.  But take your dictionary, thesaurus, and a good book on English Literary Theory, or the current lack thereof.  And a thick skin.  Jeff Goldstein has been laying out a blistering attack on political correctness in particular, and Post-Modernism in general, for several years now.  He pulls absolutely no punches, and is raunchy as hell, to boot.  If you can get over your finer sensibilities being violated, he’s well worth the read.  And of late, has been going guns-ablazing against the smear-machines.
  • Palin Rumors List.  Kind of a catch-all of the ginned-up rumors, smears, and trivial facts the Left is trying to use to discredit Sarah.  Kind of what I’m talking about above, but in a scaled-down manner, and really only geared towards her.  Yeoman’s work, nonetheless.

There are, of course, others: The Weekly Standard, The Corner at NRO, Little Green Footballs, just to name a couple off of the top of my head.

I guess most of what I want is already out there.  But it would be good if someone had the time to really be a central authority.  Not that I think there really can be any one person or entity for that, but something.

I’ll keep keeping up with these.  If I have anything to contribute myself, I’ll certainly do my part.

Update:  Ace of Spades has been doing a ferocious job, too.  He’s been particularly fond of eviscerating Andrew Sullivan, who’s been reprehensible with his rumor-mongering.

National Review: Excerpts From Her Speech September 3, 2008

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National Review has some excerpts.  If they’re accurate, she’s taking Obama on directly.  Take a look at this:

Before I became governor of the great state of Alaska, I was mayor of my hometown. And since our opponents in this presidential election seem to look down on that experience, let me explain to them what the job involves. I guess a small-town mayor is sort of like a ‘community organizer,’ except that you have actual responsibilities.

Brutal.  She’s going to nail his butt to the wall on this one.  It looks like the McCain campaign is going to allow for the “experience” challenge to be a part of the conversation.  Obama’s gonna get his hat handed to him if his campaign keeps pursuing this strategy.

And then there’s the Press:

But here’s a little news flash for all those reporters and commentators: I’m not going to Washington to seek their good opinion – I’m going to Washington to serve the people of this country.

On change;

In politics, there are some candidates who use change to promote their careers. And then there are those, like John McCain, who use their careers to promote change.

She is coming out guns-ablazing.  This is going to be fabulous.

Michael Moore: Keepin’ it Classy September 3, 2008

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Michael Moore shows why he’s a perfect fit for the Leftists in charge of the Democratic Party:

In a Sunday, Aug. 31 post on his Web site, Moore’s article “Show Us the DNA!” — a smear of Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin — suggested that she didn’t give birth to her son Trig, but rather Sarah’s daughter Bristol gave birth to Trig, and that Sarah was covering up the birth.

The rumor surfaced after John McCain chose Palin to be his running mate, but it was relegated to the blogosphere until Moore ran with it.

However, in an interview with The Hill on Tuesday, Sept. 2 — two days later — Moore backpedaled by saying that Democrats should not stoop to the level of Republicans: “Being tough doesn’t mean swimming in their sewer.”

There aren’t many people that truly disgust me.  Moore’s one of them.

On Drudge September 2, 2008

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Drudge pretty much nails it right here:

NY TIMES FEATURES 3 PAGE ONE STORIES ON PALIN’S TEEN DAUGHTER IN TUESDAY EDITIONS… 

Hmm.  How many front-page articles on Obama-Rezko?  How many front-page articles on Obama-Ayers?  How many front-page articles on Obama-Jeremiah Wright (well, except for the hagiographic ones…)?

Yeah.  That’s what I thought.

Hockey Mom On the Loose! September 2, 2008

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This was originally on The Corner:

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.”

Yikes!

I’m really hoping the Left keeps up their attacks on her character and “mothering instincts.” (Not that I’m thrilled that the Palins have to put up with it)  Unless I’m completely misreading her, she’s going to chew them up and spit them out.  I am soooo looking forward to her debate with Biden.  I think the wake-up call this brings to the country will be astounding.

My only real concern is making sure she breaks through the noise barrier the MSM puts up.  They’re trying their best to torpedo her now.  It’s really appalling.