August 30, 2008

Energizing Palin Interview [dri]
— Open Blog

It is hard to make the case that a discussion on energy policy is either interesting or uplifting. McCain VP (and Alaska Governor) Sarah Palin accomplishes both in her informative and frankly fascinating recent interview with CNBC money honey, Maria Bartiromo. In the 11 minute interview, Ms Palin does an outstanding job of explaining the benefits of drilling in ANWR, the minuscule risks involved and exposes the naiveté of Obama's renewable energy plan.
Below is a mere 2 minute teaser video. Be sure to watch the whole interview here.

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Former DNC Chairman Don Fowler Yuks it Up over Gustav Heading for New Orleans
— Dave in Texas

Video intro says it was recorded on a flight following the Democrat Convention in Denver.

"The timing, at least as it appears now, is that it'll be there on Monday. That just demonstrates God is on our side".

You stay classy Democrats.

tip from Gran, in the Gustav thread below

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The Seven Million Dollar Woman
— Ace

Seven million since she was named VP candidate, as disgruntled Republicans find themselves pleasantly gruntled.

Thinking about donating? Better do it fast -- he can only accept donations through accepting the nomination Thursday. So if you're a-gonna do it, do it soon.

Even Sooner Than That? The Bronze says he thought the cutoff was tomorrow.

I don't know. I'll write someone at camp McCain to find out.

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The Story Behind The Names Of Sarah Palin's Children
— DrewM

Apparently Second Rate Kos Diarist Excitable Andi got everyone, well excited, when he posted an email wondering if two of Palin's kids were named after TV witches (Willow from Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Piper from Charmed).

Turns out, nope. Not so much.

One big problem is the origin of the name Trig. According to Palin's husband Todd, "Trig is a Norse name for "strength.""

"Norse"? As in Scandi?


Oh well, Trig is a cute little bugger so I think we'll let it slide.

This time.

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NBC Still Dreaming of a Hollywood President
— Gabriel Malor

I don't read Deadline Hollywood Daily for political analysis, but Nikki Finke was right on the money with this from yesterday:

Last night, NBC's Brian Williams and MSNBC's Keith Olbermann had an on-air bromance over, of all things, Aaron Sorkin's writing. Both men, twice on the telecast, compared Barack Obama's Democratic National Convention acceptance speech to a scene in Sorkin's pic The American President where President Andrew Shepherd rails against his political opponent...

Here's the thing: film reviewers found the weakest part of that Sorkin movie was its naive view of politics. As the Los Angeles Times' movie critic Kenny Turan wrote, the pic is filled with "fantasies [and] pipe dreams about the American political system and where it could theoretically be headed". I don't know which is more humiliating for Williams and Olbermann: that they couldn't compare Obama's speech to something real, like nomination acceptance speeches from the past ... or they tried to praise Obama's speech and wound up unwittingly dissing it... or that they think Aaron Sorkin is so quotable.

Obama is the fantasy candidate the Left has always dreamed of. It was only natural for Williams and Olbermann to compare him to those other fantasy politicians which they've so admired, presidents Andrew Shepherd and Jed Bartlett.

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Tale of the Tape: Palin vs. Obama on Experience
— Ace


Bring it on.

Thanks to Bruce.

More: The DNC and the MSM (but I repeat myself) keep repeating that Palin's gig as Mayor was a part-time job.

So was Obama's job as state legislator.

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That "Fake Pregnancy Cover Up" Smear I've Been Avoiding...
— Ace

I didn't want to even acknowledge this, but most have mentioned the smear so it's not like embargoing it is doing any good.

I'll link Right Wing News on this. The big offer of evidence by the left is that Palin didn't announce her preganancy until the seventh month, and that it took people by surprise, because it wasn't showing.

As RWN points out, the trouble is by the next month it was showing --

Other proof? Why look, in this thumbnail, Governor Palin doesn't look pregnant!

Of course, she's wearing a big roomy jacket as a pregnant woman might, and, um, the daughter she's supposedly covering for doesn't look pregnant, either. She has the same body she has in all of her pictures. Guess they sort of overlooked that.


Felt kinda dirty about that.

What Does This "Scandal" Even Get Them? It's just nastiness. The "scandal," if true, doesn't hurt Sarah Palin at all. It makes her and her husband look like pretty damn loving parents.

No, the only one it hurts, reputation-wise, is the daughter, who is not, as far as I know, running for office. But that's the point, of course. To inflict pain on the family through nasty rumors, to hurt the parents by attacking their children.

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Open Blog Weekend
— Ace

As usual, around but kinda sick of the computer.

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Shocker: Historians who Donated to Obama Don't Like Palin
— DrewM

I'm putting this up for Slublog who is having some access issues. Here's his post:

Never saw that coming.

So unconventional was McCain's choice that it left students of the presidency literally "stunned," in the words of Joel Goldstein, a St. Louis University law professor and scholar of the vice presidency. "Being governor of a small state for less than two years is not consistent with the normal criteria for determining who's of presidential caliber," said Goldstein.


Palin, on the other hand, is a total "wild card," said Stanford historian David Kennedy.

Let's throw a little nuance on their opinions, shall we?

$250 Obama, Barack (D)

$2,300 Obama, Barack (D)

Five minutes on OpenSecrets netted me that information. Fred Barbash and David Mark, the reporters for this article, couldn't be bothered to do the same? Let's just say it doesn't come as much of a surprise that two guys who donated to the ticket running against McCain and Palin aren't all that impressed with her. A simple line providing information about their donations would allow the reader to put their comments into some context.

I have no problem quoting liberal scholars who may disagree with the policies of a particular president. Quoting scholars who have actually donated to the candidate this sort of criticism helps, though, is just journalistic malpractice. Either find scholars that didn't donate to the candidate, or be upfront about their donations.

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Hurricane Gustav
— DrewM

gustav map 3.jpg

With Hurricane Gustav’s landfall predicted for Monday night or early Tuesday morning, mandatory evacuations orders are being issued and transportation hubs have already been turned into evacuation points for residents of New Orleans.

Unlike 3 years ago when Katrina hit, authorities in Louisiana (led by new Republican Governor Bobby Jindal) are taking a far more active role in preparing for Hurricane Gustav.

New Orleans officials dispatched 40 city buses at 8 a.m. Saturday as part of a plan to evacuate an estimated 30,000 who could not get themselves out of harm's way. Similar scenarios played out in Jefferson, St. Bernard and Plaquemines.

State-chartered buses were in place at the Union Passenger Terminal in New Orleans and at other central sites across the suburbs to ferry residents out of low-lying areas en route to shelters in north Louisiana and Tennessee. Elderly and infirm residents were slated to board Amtrak trains to Memphis.

Jeb Tate, spokesman for the New Orleans Emergency Medical Services, said staffers would give each bus and train occupant a once-over to make sure they were fit for the trip, then fit each traveler with a green wristband.

"This is what we practice and train for, " Tate said, following his second trip into City Hall to unload all of his personal items. "We are ready for the duration of this storm."

Also in place at the downtown transit station were rows of Louisiana National Guard vehicles sent from across the state to guide the evacuation process and to protect property in an increasingly empty city. About a dozen news media trucks also had gathered in the parking lot.

In Jefferson Parish, a steady stream of cars and trucks, their headlights beaming, turned onto major thoroughfares and began pouring onto Interstate 10, even though the state's contraflow plan was not expected to go into effect for several more hours.

Despite the fact that the criticism of the federal response has been blown out of all proportions for the last 3 years (including by John McCain) it’s good to see that lessons have been learned and competent leadership seems to be on top of things this time.

Yes, we could have a discussion about how it’s not a federal (or even state or municipal) responsibility to get people the hell out the way of a hurricane but that’s not the world we live in.

As was the case during Katrina, the Times-Picayune in New Orleans is providing great coverage.

Good luck and best wishes to everyone in that area, especially any Gulf Cost morons. We're hoping for the best for you.

New map courtesy of Dave in Texas who likes pretty, shiny things.

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College Football/Open Thread (genghis)
— Open Blog

Seems kind of quiet around here. Since it’s the first weekend of the college football season, have at it (even though there aren’t really that many interesting games today). Or have at it on anything else. Happy taunting!

Bevo – Mascot of the Texas Longhorns

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August 29, 2008

The "Troopergate Scandal"
— Ace

It really isn't much of a scandal. But Fopping Aces summarizes it.

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Well, Now He Gets to Wear it On His Jersey: Chad Johnson Legally Changes His Name to Chad Ocho Cinco
— Ace

Kind of funny, and I don't really want to knock on him for being free-spirited (I can knock on him for being a self-centered jerkweed, of course).

But the NFL is going to have to pass a rule. And they will. Otherwise lesser players will begin changing their names to Brian Kinney Shoes and Anfernee Grand Theft Auto V.

Thanks to someone.

I forget who said it... but I think it was Chris Collinsworth, himself a receiver. He offered the explanation why so many receivers are psychopathic and/or utterly selfish: Just the nature of the position. It doesn't rely on much teamwork so there's never that sense of, um, teamwork. And it's such an individual performance position that flakes and fruitcakes who could never survive the league in a team role can still hack it all by themselves split out wide in their own little world (as long as they're fast and have the brainpower to memorize a few dozen patterns).

Just always thought that was interesting. Not sure if it's really true that receivers are disproportionately assholish or, like the summer of shark attacks, I just always notice it now because I'm aways looking for it.

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And the Hunt Is On!
— Ace

Lefties are furiously scouring the internet for Sarah Palin's old position papers on NAFTA.

Just kidding. They say they want to keep the debate elevated and discuss the issues, but that is, of course, like so much of what they say, an utter lie. Mitigated only by the fact they're so self-deluded about their own righteous virtue and lofty intellectualism they almost believe it themselves.

So what are they looking for?

Well, check out the search which just landed on my site. And the various lefty sites encouraging searching in this direction.

Here's an example from Craigslist...

got a be a pic out there somewhere. Will the religious hardliners vote for a woman that was in a swimsuit competition?

Their counterpart taliban wouldn't.

But the lefty blogs are alive with the hopes of a swimsuit pic that will disgust all of us crazy vagina-fearing right-wingers.

Stay classy, left wing. Stay classy, and stay deluded.

Do you honestly fucking believe anyone's going to be put off by a young woman wearing a fucking swimsuit?

Projection ain't just a river in Egypt.

The Obamabots really aren't going to try to reverse that reputation for misogyny any time soon.

Friendly Fire: No pics of Sarah Palin in scandalous beachwear yet, but some minor collateral damage inflicted -- CNN reporter John Roberts, back in the eighties, in Toronto, I think, hosting some stupid teenage video show or somethin'.

But lookin' cool.

You search for one of ours in a swimsuit, we post one of yours in Huey Lewis hand-me-downs. And that's the Chicago way.

Surely no leftwinger could ever trust someone who once wore a mullet.

Thanks to Rev. E. Buzz Miller and CJ.

SHAME SHAME SHAME!!! The extra caps are for extra outrage.

Persistent Ain't They? Another google hit, now for "Sarah Palin bikini."

Internet detectives or just horndogs?

And More and More: Sarah Palin swimsuit; Sarah Palin wore a bikini.

I have to point out these are all different searches, conducted at different times. The same idiot can't keep clicking on my site thinking suddenly I'm going to have the bikini pics I didn't have the other three times.

So, I guess I'm going to keep getting hits for Sarah Palin swimsuit competition searches, with people searching for hot pictures of Sarah Palin in a bikini, or even totally hot gubernatorial action.

It's ridiculous. It's not like Governor Sarah Palin once posed for Victoria's Secret wearing nothing but high heels and a clown nose or something.

I'm just saying, whatever you do, if you want to avoid unwanted Google interlopers, don't post anything about Sarah Palin and her secret bikini pictures, Sarah Palin and the "Air Force Two," or homoerotic pillowfights between Governor Sarah Palin and Smurfette.

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Obama supporters and the "Lazio effect"
— Purple Avenger

In this post, Ace shows its already starting to happen. What I'll refer to as the "Lazio Effect"© applies to women candidates who are perceived by the female public to have been attacked unfairly, or with too much gusto.

Rick Lazio was Hillary's challenger in her first senate campaign. When he strode towards her podium during one of the debates and demanded she sign some sort of pledge and pointed his finger at her in this pic, he lost the senate race. What had been previously tight, turned into a blowout as women all over NY flocked to Hillary's defense even the ones that didn't particularly like her. The finger pointing incident was big news for quite a while up in NY. I was up in the Albany area at the time and the change in mood was palpable.

The unhinged left, and Joe Biden would profit by remembering Rick Lazio's actions and his fate. Palin isn't nearly as loathsome as Hillary, so the Lazio Effect© will kick in with her even harder and faster than it did for Hillary (and that was pretty damn quick)

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These Are Not the Supporters Barack Obama Thought He Knew
— Ace

Via Instapundit, Reclusive Leftist writes:

Why is it a genius move?


It will complete the alienation of the rest of the Hillary supporters from the Obama camp. How? That’s easy — the Obamabots will do it themselves. Go read the Washington Post blog or anywhere online where the Palin pick is being discussed, and you’ll see the trademark Obama misogyny already out in full force. She’s been on the ticket for two seconds and already the Obamabots are saying she “looks like a porn star,” they’re making rude remarks about her childbearing, they’re ridiculing her intelligence.

Keep it up, possums. Keep it up. Just when some Hillary supporters were trying to forget what misogynist freaks you all are, now you’re going to remind us all over again.

Oh, she must be exaggerating. Surely these Obamabots wouldn't do anything like that. Not publicly, anyway.

But wait-- what's this comment Nom de Blog just pointed out in the Cool Facts thread?

Sarah Palin's judgment is despicalble. She knowingly whelped a Mongoloid child earlier this year, probably to pander to the Right to Life Nutbags.

Irresponsible decisions like hers dilutes the viability of the American Gene Pool. No wonder why we are falling farther and farther behind in an increasingly competitive global economic environment.

Her OB should have cut her tubes after her first child!!!

Posted by: paul Curooke

Paul Carooke, I hope, is fertile. Wouldn't want to deny the American Gene Pool the contributions of this Mensa Chapter President.

Barack Obama for President

Hope, Change, and just a pinch of pathological, subliterate hatred to keep it spicy.

Think they're scared?

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Our Very Smart Lefty Friends Don't Seem to Understand Irony
— Ace

Since you guys are unfamiliar with the concept:

2 a: the use of words to express something other than and especially the opposite of the literal meaning b: a usually humorous or sardonic literary style or form characterized by irony

c: an ironic expression or utterance

3 a (1): incongruity between the actual result of a sequence of events and the normal or expected result

Guys? Um, obviously if my facts were wrong, that can't make my conclusions stronger. Perhaps you didn't detect this as calculated ridiculousness because, to you, that statement isn't that ridiculous-- as you yourselves insist the same thing all the time.

The other problem here, of course, is that lefties have such thin-skins themselves -- coupled with such unwarrantedy outsized egos -- they cannot even conceive of someone poking fun at himself and making sport of his own mistakes.

They're not capable of that, and so they can't imagine anyone else could be.

Well, guys, unlike you suprageniuses who are convinced you know everything, most of us on the right are rather more realistic about our strengths and weaknesses, virtues and flaws, and aren't terrified at the notion of publicly acknowledging them, and even giving others a small chuckle in doing so.

I correct my mistakes. When they're particularly half-cocked, I make fun of myself for them. (I am known as Head Moron on this site, which should sort of tip you off.)

You guys, on the other hand, will argue for hours you're right even though you're clearly wrong, and then when it becomes too embarrassing to continue the charade, you'll delete the post and bury the evidence of your error.

We don't roll that way here. We're transparent and we acknowledge errors.

Incidentally, the two errors I made were 1) Obama's age, three years away from Palin's and 2) a mistaken guess (acknowledged as pure guess) as to the size of Obama's district.

And to you guys -- this is a major victory.


Oh, and hit the tip-jar, and also, suck the barbed cock of Satan.

PS: This choice really seems to be wigging them the fuck out.

Wigging them Out... Like a Viking? Apparently Palin met with some Scandi-enthusiasts at some point.

That's also from Rachel Lucas, in the comments. Thanks to Purple Avenger.

I'm 99% sure that's actually real but don't know for sure yet.

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Damnit, Chris Mathews was Wrong
— Ace

And after I apologized to him.

This bullshit began when oppo researchers quickly dug up a picture of Palin wearing a Buchanan button. From that, Matthews concluded that she was a Pitchfork Pat torch-bearer.

Not so.

The entire case is based on a 1999 AP article, which described her as "sporting a Buchanan button" at a Buchanan visit to the town of which she was mayor.

She promptly responded to the story in a letter to the editor, that "the article may have left your readers with the perception that I am endorsing this candidate, as opposed to welcoming his visit to Wasilla. As mayor, I will welcome all the candidates in Wasilla."

And from that came Chris Matthews' spittle-spraying attack.

Straight from Media Matters or DNC oppo researchers (but I repeat myself) to national telecast, no fact-checking required.

I wonder if Matthews will retract. I sort of doubt it.

And guess what? Despite the fact this has already been debunked, I am 99.99% sure it will play prominently on Meltdown with Keith Mattthews in ten minutes.

He already knows it's been knocked down; he doesn't care. He'll run it, then later claim he didn't know it had been debunked.

Thanks to Hot Air.

Straight from Kos to MSNBC: With only Keith Olbermann as the middleman.

Why not just read DKos directly over the airwaves?

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It's Too Cute, Stop Already
— Ace

Check out the daughter here -- Willow? -- giving a stern look.

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Moby of the Day
— Ace

I don't want "adorable bubbly and sweet" in the WH during wartime. As a Christian I believe she should be home with her small children, especially the child with Downs Syndrome- not traipsing around the world and spending long hours on the job. Entirely inappropriate choice. Men will vote because she is attractive- is that sensible? Al Qaeda is laughing at this very moment, I guarantee it. McCain passed over tough, seasoned candidates for a bit of fluff and we will pay dearly.

-- "Jack"

Well, Mrs. Palin must have put the fear of (the) God(dess) into the left, because that's one of our best Mobys ever.


Well, I have to say, as a liberal Democrat and Obama supporter, that I'm impressed with her and am now changing my vote to vote for McCain/Palin.

I can't believe that I, a lifelong Democrat, will be voting Republican this year.

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