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Friday, September 5. 2008
Fight with me. Jules
Is your computer a zombie?
Hey, Prof. Change my grade. This reminds me of the old one: "I don't have my homework because my dog ate my brain."
Time to re-deploy out of Chicago? Higher death count than the Middle East.
Andrew Jackson: a real-estate lawyer who was laughed at by the Eastern elites.
HACNS1 is an interesting gene
Cute as heck: Piper fixes baby brother's hair
A moving speech. Classical
USC censors Koran, removes Jew-killing hadiths.
Right Wing Prof wants you to see this short video: Palin on Omama and the surge.
McCain's viewership topped Obama's - without styrofoam pillars! Hmmm.
Typical lefty: Charlie Rangel forgot to pay his taxes for 20 years. Just like Ted Kennedy, with his wealth offshore. Or Soros, for that matter. It's amazing how much Lefties love their $.
Well said, Barack. Now you are running against yourself.
From Roger today, about the Boston phone book, a quote:
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Palin has an accent that Garrison Keillor can probably do, sort of Michigan UP.
It may be him against Rush's Obama guy Paul Shanklin for the comedy sound bites.
This what I posted at Classical Values (a great site by the way).
It was probably the best speech McCain has ever delivered.
I do think that he connected on an emotional level.
I am not a McCain fan and was not enthused at the prospect of voting for him. It was the lesser of two evils and McCain and Obama are likely the two worst candidates of my adult life so far.
Sarah Palin has brought energy and the values that made America great back into play.
I hope McCain wins. I hope he doesn't do anything too stupid when it comes to immigration, healthcare or (the myth of) global warming. If he protects the USA from the Islamists, attacks the size of government, lowers taxes, decreases regulation and pursues a rational energy policy of drilling, nuclear, wind, solar and geo-thermal, then he will be successful.
If Palin is a good study, she will be ready to be President. She is obviously tough, smart and articulate. And I share her values.
With a little bit of luck and God's grace, the next 12 years could be good for America.
Now if Republican congressmen and Senators have eyes that see and ears that hear, maybe they can make some progress.
Thanks for the link. And Barrett, amen to that. So many Republicans go native in DC (I imagine Democrats back home have the same complaint about the people they supported) that I have to conclude that either A) the temptation is greater than we think or B) we habitually elect people of worse character than we estimated.
I think many of the folks we elect have good intentions. When they get to Washington, the party bosses get a hold of them. The freshmen are told, if you want to survive, you will toe the party line. The established leaders use all of the congressional rules and their list of chits to herd the newcomers.
There were a number of supposedly "conservative" Democrats elected in 2006. None have been heard from since. All have been stifled by Pelosi, Reid and company.
Meanwhile, you have a slimeball like Charlie Rangel who has not paid taxes for 20 years and is Chairman of the Ways and Means Committee that writes tax law. With a pattern of abuse like that, anyone else would be heading off to prison.
There are probably lots of other reasons why Washington corrupts or undermines well meaning elected officials.
One immediately thinks of term limits when you hear of the abuses of professional politicians. However, I fear that power would get shifted to perpetual professional and unelected staff.
My guess is there are other ways. Here are a couple of ideas.
More disclosure is needed on voting records and the reason for votes. Imagine if every legislator had to produce and distribute a list of (i) every piece of legislation that came before the Congress or Senate with a summary description, (ii) if they were a sponsor or author, (iii) how or if they voted, (iv) why they voted or why they abstained and (v) if the bill passed. Also add a list of every earmark they placed.
In addition, I would like to see the end of omnibus bills where unrelated amendments are attached. Everything should be passed on its own merits. It would be easier to veto bad spending proposals and it would be easier to name names and have accountability.
Palin really gave the libruls a wedgie they can't shake out. I don't think we have to worry about her "going native", she seems to have no use for phonys.
Is Drudge running Obama photos that are darker than in the past? No halo.
I am liking what I seen from Sen. McCain so far. Did not expect to, but he has been one good surprise after another, and it is great fun watching leftie heads exploding over Gov. Palin. Looking forward to this race and am anticipating a win for Sen. McCain and Gov. Palin. Feel a bit worried for the Palin family. Seems like they have a good life in Alaska and DC is going to be really rough on them. Hope they come well prepared.
I thought one of the biggest stories of the week was former Dem VP candidate, Sen. Joe Lieberman looking directly into in the TV cameras and telling the country to vote Republican. An historic moment, imo.
Looks like Canada will be going to the polls very soon too. Am hoping PM Harper will win a very large majority and put the double dealing Liberals into a very long, and well earned minority position.
If Palin's "top dude" plays this the way I think he will, and takes over most of the family management duties while she serves our country as VP, Baby Trig will have all the loving attention he needs, the school-age children will have close supervision, and the family will live in the beautiful white house across the ravine from Dumbarton Oaks, in the gardens of which I spent many pleasant hours during my two years in Washington, D.C.
The "beautiful white house" I mentioned was traditionally the home of our Admiral of the Fleet until it was taken over by the U.S. Government as the official residence of the Vice President some years ago. It's quite large [plenty of room for five kids] and beautifully situated in extensive grounds.
I'm glad that Palin has such a competent, strong man as a husband...strong enough to be married to a strong woman without feeling threatened.