We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
Dr. Merc, who is experiencing some nice gusts down in the Keys, wanted to make sure we didn't miss Steyn's piece on Sarah Palin - The Hostess with the Moosest. Steyn emerged from estivation to produce this. It begins:
First, Governor Palin is not merely, as Jay describes her, "all-American", but hyper-American. What other country in the developed world produces beauty queens who hunt caribou and serve up a terrific moose stew? As an immigrant, I'm not saying I came to the United States purely to meet chicks like that, but it was certainly high on my list of priorities. And for the gun-totin' Miss Wasilla then to go on to become Governor while having five kids makes it an even more uniquely American story. Next to her resume, a guy who's done nothing but serve in the phony-baloney job of "community organizer" and write multiple autobiographies looks like just another creepily self-absorbed lifelong member of the full-time political class that infests every advanced democracy.
Second, it can't be in Senator Obama's interest for the punditocracy to spends its time arguing about whether the Republicans' vice-presidential pick is "even more" inexperienced than the Democrats' presidential one.
I did kinda wonder what sort of person feels motivated to write two autobiographies at his age. Except for his odd parents and his nomination, what could he have to tell? Anyway, read the whole clever piece.
Photo: Palin works on her husband's commercial fishing boat on weekends. Oh, and did we mention that she runs 7-10 miles per day? Or that she turned Alaska's politics upside down? Or that she refused her governor's perk of car and driver to drive herself to work? Or that she has had more executive experience than Obama, McCain and Biden combined? Plus she is a likeable, non-angry female. As in Insty's case, the females in my family are like totally fired up. Win or lose, she will be a national figure for years to come.
Comments about Sarah Palin are varied, but Senator McCain had a lot of mending to do on his campaign. It is true that she has had little experience being Vice President, but you might say that about all of them. As far as experience is concerned, Joe Biden has been around long enough for his hair to regenerate! Biden does have vast experience using other's words and thoughts without proper attribution, however.
I am optimistic about Sarah Palin. As far as I know, she has no known connection to George Soros, owner/operator of Mrs. Clinton or Senator Obama--that's a good start and more than can be said about the Democrat party of 2008.
The party who found Edwards to be a credible Veep or Obama a credible Prez shouldn't be taking shots at a person with far more accomplishments than either. Somehow the governor of Alaska is less impressive than a trial lawyer from South Carolina or a community activist from Chicago?
Dr. Merc ... like us, you've learned not to believe everything the Hurricane Center tells you. Living in Houston, we're monitoring the Hurricane Center projections every hour or two, looking for changes, and have laid in gasoline for the Honda generator, bottled water, peanut butter for sandwiches, etc. Nobody knows yet quite where Gustav the Unpredictable is going, and, being old hands at this, we wait and watch. We've already had Dolly and Fay [all hat and no cattle pretty much, as far as we're concerned] this summer and the season doesn't end until the end of November.
What we aren't doing is evacuating, since our part of Houston is more than 60 miles from the Gulf. But it still is nervous-making. Good luck to you, sir.
I don't understand how or why she took on the nasty crooks in the Alaska gov't and got them tossed out, AND then went after Big Oil up there and twisted their noses. Wasn't she afraid of shots being fired through her living room window, or at least waking up with a moose head in her bed?