2.29.2008

el rushbo on gov. palin

rush limbaugh took a call from a palin for vp supporter on his show yesterday.

quote of the day

When the phone rings at 3 am at the White House, do you want it answered by someone who doesn’t know what the term “war” actually means? Or would you prefer to have it answered by someone who actually knows something about both the military and foreign policy?

- ed morrissey

st. obama and the terrorists

i meant to link to this in an earlier post, but i wasn't able to find it at the new york post, where it was syndicated.

getting cosy with left-wing, unapologetic left-wing domestic terrorists who have bombed the pentagon may help in the democrat primary, but it won't play very well in november.

takeaway quote:
What fascinates me is how light the baggage is when one travels from violent radicalism to liberalism. Chicago activist Sam Ackerman told Politico’s reporter that Ayers “is one of my heroes in life.” Cass Sunstein, a first-rank liberal intellectual, said, “I feel very uncomfortable with their past, but neither of them is thought of as horrible types now — so far as most of us know, they are legitimate members of the community.”

i'm siiiiingin' in the rain

a clockwork orange is tonight's midnight movie at the kentucky theater. be there or be square.

americans have officially ran out of things to worry about

the washington post finds enough people upset about a white man playing barack obama on "saturday night live" to justify writing an article about it.

UPDATE: here is the video...

blogroll update

2.28.2008

don't count pawlenty off yet

bob novak says that gov. tim pawlenty, a leading contender to be sen. john mccain's vice presidential pick, has been rubbing some other republican governor's the wrong way:
Pawlenty's position as chairman of the National Governors Association (NGA) may prove his undoing. While party insiders sing his praises as ideal to be McCain's running mate, leading conservative Republican governors have been less than pleased with him. Pawlenty has collaborated with the NGA vice chairman, Pennsylvania Gov. Edward G. Rendell, in a fat economic stimulus package, as well as the energy proposal.

hotair.com linked to this article in their headlines section, titling the link "Pawlenty torpedoes his VP prospects?"

i don't think this is true. i think that gov. pawlenty is conservative enough in areas where mccain himself is not, and this proves that he, too, is a "maverick". it would do what mccain likes to do best (anger some of the gop) while shoring up new support at the same time. therefore i think it makes it more likely that mccain will chose him.

mccain reads my blog?

this morning i posted a story about how the dnc and obama would likely go after mccain's age, both in subtle and not so subtle ways. the irony being that while obama is young, his ideas are boring, old, and ordinary.

well, this morning mccain said the following (speaking of democrat opposition to the initial 2003 invasion):
"That's history, that's the past," McCain told attendees at a town hall meeting at Rice University. "That's talking about what happened before. What we should be talking about is what we're going to do now. And what we're going to do now is continue this strategy which is succeeding in Iraq and we are carrying out the goals of the surge, the Iraqi military are taking over more and more of the responsibilities."

quote of the day

Good thing McCain wasn’t born on February 29th, they’d be debating whether or not he is over 35.

- 29Victor from the comments at this hotair.com post

two "foreigners" running in '08?

the new york times rolled out yet another hit piece on sen. john mccain today, this one raising questions about his eligibility for the office. you see, mccain's father was a navy serviceman, and he and his wife were living in the panama canal zone during sen. mccain's birth. u.s. presidents, according to the constitution, must be natural born citizens.

if only they had done a simple google search before writing this article, they would have found out that he is, indeed, a natural-born u.s. citizen.

but is this an issue the obama campaign or the nyt should ever bring up, given some questionable things in his past that could disqualify him as well?

come on, nyt...you can shill for barack better than these two articles...

UPDATE
: here are a couple more sources that debunk the "mccain is not a natural born citizen" meme.

st. obama and the race card

the new republic has an article chronicling how the obama campaign has played the race card to their advantage in the democrat primary.

take it with a grain of salt, it is the new republic after all.

don't fear the obamessiah

RedState.com has a ten reasons why republican's shouldn't be so fearful of an obama candidacy in november. and even if obama does win:
If Obama is elected, his presidency may ultimately resemble Jimmy Carter’s: a candidate who convinced voters that he was nice and good, and then discovered that these good intentions just weren’t enough to actually run the country for four years.

The basic rule of branding still holds here: once you get the candidate out of the box, regardless of how good the branding is, it still has to work.

“There are so many things we need to do in our state."

the new york times has a story up on republican bobby jindal's first few weeks as governor of louisiana:
Mr. Jindal said Hurricanes Katrina and Rita had presented him with a unique moment in his state’s history to enact reforms; as he put it, the storms “caused people to rethink how they wanted their social institutions to be designed, how they wanted services to be delivered, what kind of state they wanted to call home.”

i am growing more convinced that (if they don't run themselves) any republican presidential nominee in 2012 would be a fool not to have gov. bobby jindal or gov. sarah palin at the bottom of the ticket. both are competent, extremely intelligent, reagan conservatives who could bring in new voters and ruin the democrat message that the gop is racist and sexist.

at this point i am more excited about 2012 than 2008.

wfb prediction time

the obvious prediction is that liberals will gloat at the death of william f. buckley. jonah goldberg goes a step further:
In the next few days, there will be a wave of liberals...who will use WFB's memory to beat up on today's conservatives...Liberals today bemoan how wonderful the conservatives of yesteryear were solely to lament how terrible they are today. The recent bout of Goldwater nostalgia on the left was a perfect example. The strange new respect liberals have for Ronald Reagan would be another. And you can be sure they will use Buckley to that effect too.

it seems the dnc has found their theme

old people are just plain useless at pretty much anything. vote young in '08!:
The Chairman of the Democratic National Committee and former Governor of Vermont contrasted the two parties’ presidential candidates, saying that with a woman and an African-American as the two front-runners, the Democratic field “looks like America,” while the all-white male Republican field “looks like the 1950s and talks like the 1850s.”

i also think we will hear a great deal about republicans having the same old ideas in this election. this will, of course, conveniently leave out the fact that his ideas are just the same old stuff people read in the communist manifesto in 1848.

as much as i sometimes dislike john mccain, st. barack the messiah will look like an empty suit when on the stage next to him.

2.27.2008

ed whitfield: horse whisperer

i suppose rep. ed whitfield has solved all of kentucky's problems in conress, so now he is going after the horse racing industry for using performance-enhancing drugs on horses.

hey, i guess this is what you do when your state doesn't have a baseball team to harass.

good news for me!

i can keep talking on my cell phone while driving. phew.

wow...just....wow



"...i will also say "hope" and "change" a lot to any new threats that may emerge, and if another terrorist attack hits - which will not be likely, as terrorists will respect the way a democrat president conducts himself across the globe - i will tell them that war is not the answer, and we will once again be safe. i am barack obama, and i approved this message."

a sad day for conservatism

william f. buckley, dead at 82.

2.26.2008

the washington post looks at a vp palin

i couldn't agree more.



(h/t captain ed)

and people said mormonism was weird

why don't you click here and take a gander at some of the beliefs of the "christian" church sen. barack obama attends.

that gives me the jeeblies. and here i was thinking that religion was about inclusiveness.

mccain/???? '08!

RedState.com is profiling possible vice presidential candidates on the GOP side for 2008.

today it is gov. mark sanford of south carolina.

earlier, they profiled gov. tim pawlenty of minnesota (who i think is mccain's #1 pick at this point).

because i'm lazy...

...i'm going to let the internet do the work for me.

...Carrot-Top is friggin' ripped, who knew?

...male hippos entice females by taking a big ol' dump and letting them sniff it. hey, who doesn't do that?

none of his rowdy friends are comin' over tonight

so one of the media's favorite republican candidate, gov. mike huckabee holds a press conference in cleveland, ohio today.

no one shows up besides a few crickets and some tumbleweeds.

think about it: rep. dennis kucinich was the mayor of cleveland and represents their area in congress.

does this mean that mike huckabee is now more of a joke than dennis kucinich? yikes.

theocratic presidential nominee goes on "the 700 club"

...to suck up to Christofacists.

oh wait...its a democrat? nevermind.

song of the day

well, you'll have to thank/blame 80's prom night at the dame last saturday for this...

"obsession" by animotion

2.25.2008

change hope hope change change change cha

nge hope change change change change hope believe hope change hope hope hope change believe hope hope change change change change hope believe hope change hope hope hope change believe hope hope change change change change hope believe hope change hope hope hope change believe hope hope change change change change hope believe hope change hope hope hope change believe hope hope change change change change hope believe hope change hope hope hope change believe hope hope change change change change hope believe hope change hope hope hope change believe hope hope change change change change hope believe hope change hope hope hope change believe hope hope change change change change hope believe hope change hope hope hope change believe hope hope change change change change hope believe hope change hope hope hope change believe hope hope change change change change hope believe hope change hope hope hope change believe hope hope change change change change hope believe hope change hope hope hope change believe hope hope change change change change hope believe hope change hope hope hope change believe hope hope change change change change hope believe hope change hope hope hope change believe hope .

there...can i be president now?

si! se puede!

2.24.2008

he just wants your extra time and your.....hips.

there's been too much partying like it was 1999, i fear. prince is only 49 years old and already needs a hip replacement.

anti-war: what is it good for?

our precious left-wing american musicians are all contributing to the soundtrack of an anti-war documentary called "body of war", about an Iraq War veteran who gets paralyzed in the battlefield and is now against the war.

that's fine, but here is what i find really troublesome:
The 30-song, two-disc album "Body of War: Songs That Inspired an Iraq War Veteran" will be released March 18 via Warner Music's Sire Records label. All proceeds from the sale of the album will benefit Iraq Veterans Against the War

so, basically, the idea is to use a paralyzed veteran as a front to raise money for an anti-war group.

i've got an idea. if you're really concerned about paralyzed veterans in america, how about having all proceeds go to the disabled american veterans charitable service trust or to army emergency relief?

2.23.2008

i leave atr....

....and it all goes to hell.

all my childhood (and adult) nightmares are coming true

in florida, a talking elmo doll threatened to kill a toddler. kill. a toddler.

skdlfjdsfl.

bugh.

true childhood story: when i was little i used to beg any stuffed animals in my room not to kill me before going to bed every night.

stfu and go home, noob!

says gov. rick perry (r-tx) (and pretty much anyone else with sense) to gov. mike huckabee (r-dumbcracker):
"We had a mercy rule in six man football in Pan Creek, where I came from, and when you're behind by 45 points at the half, you just go ahead and salute the other side and say well done, and walk away, before anybody gets hurt... I'd suggest to Mike it's time for the mercy rule to go into effect."

barack obama wants you to have some cupcakes

check out the many things the obamessiah has done (and will do) for you!

2.22.2008

song of the day

i don't feel like i have much else to say on the mccain/nyt hit piece. i'm just glad that democrats are joining in on the criticism.

but anyway, here is the song of the day: "metal heart (2008 version)" by cat power.

2.21.2008

and the mother of the year award goes to....

melissa g. dean of florida.

yikes.

rep. shadegg changes his mind

rep. john shadegg (r-az) had planned to retire and not run for re-election in 2008.

it seems that he has now changed his mind and will continue fighting the good fight in the house of representatives:
I had consulted with my family and reached the decision that I would fight for freedom from somewhere else. And there has been a reaction to that decision. The overwhelming reaction has been that people would like me to keep up the fight for freedom inside the U.S. House.

I am overwhelmed and humbled by the reaction of my colleagues. When the conservative movement asks you to stick around, that's a pretty tough request to turn down.

good for him. although if sen. mccain retires his seat, sen. shadegg does have a good ring to it.

st. barack of kleenex

this has to be one of the most ridiculous things i have heard in the political realm:
And about a half-hour into a speech here, the Illinois Democrat announced that he had to take a quick break. "Gotta blow my nose here for a second," Obama said.

Out came a Kleenex (or perhaps it was a hankie), and he wiped his nose.

The near-capacity audience at the Reunion Arena, which his campaign said totaled 17,000, broke out in a slightly awkward applause.

how can mccain compete with that? maybe he could cough something up?

i think the cult of paul has been replaced by the cult of obama.

prediction time

i believe that sen. obama will get the democratic nomination and choose gov. kathleen sebelius (d-kansas) as his running mate.

why?

1) she's a woman (who is not named "hillary clinton"). identity politics are the most important thing to the democratic party.

2) she's a governor. she will have the executive experience that barack severely lacks.

3) she got elected and re-elected in a red state. what a great way to create the media span that the democrat ticket this year is "above politics" and "post-partisan"...without the necessity of choosing a defected republican, like sen. chuck hagel.

4) she's older than him. just as mccain needs a younger republican at the bottom of the ticket, barack needs someone older.

5) she's a woman.

the big story that i missed

the new york times finally remembers that The Maverick is, indeed, a republican. and every republican deserves a hit piece.

an interesting thought: the story is so thinly sourced that perhaps the times is holding back information to play gotcha with sen. mccain?

hmmm....

as usual, allahpundit is all over it.

2.20.2008

how the hucktard is still helping mccain

huck staying in and getting trounced means that mccain gets more free airtime to assail sen. obama in victory speeches (as seen here).

mccain rips obama

in his victory speech last night, sen. mccain called out obama for being nothing more than an empty suit who can give a good speech.

he needs to keep this up. it ill show the base that he can go after the democrats with the same ease and glee that he goes after conservative republicans.

here is video of the event...

hillary: post-mortem

it's over at hotair.

personally, i cannot wait for her to return to the senate and start voting based on her ideology instead of her presidential ambitions. those of us on the right will then be able to say "see, we told you so" to everyone who considered her a moderate (or authentic in any way).

the hook needs to drag him off-stage.

huck's still in.

a fella's gotta sell books, right? right?!

women-of-colorfight!!!!

michelle malkin vs. michelle obama: two michelles enter, one michelle leaves.

2.19.2008

song of the day

today's song of the day is a mash-up of "they are night zombies!! they are neighbors!! they have come back from the dead! Ahhhh!" by sufjan stevens and "inside out" by feist.

the result is "the zombies are inside out" by feisty stevens.

another obama endorsement

maybe sen. obama promised him he'd create a department of hatin' whitey.

ahhhh...

......i love the smell of identity politics in the morning.

2.17.2008

song of the day

"once in a lifetime" by the talking heads



i definitely went to see a talking heads cover band at the dame tonight.

fun times all around.

2.15.2008

crucifying the obamessiah

jennifer rubin has five ways sen. mccain can beat sen. obama in the general election.

well, looks like i'll have plenty of free time on november 4, 2008

sen. john mccain (r-maverick) is said to be looking for another centrist/liberal for the vice presidential slot on his ticket:
McCain's best strategy, many of his supporters argue, is to find someone as broadly acceptable as he is to independents and moderates in both parties.

Together, they can offer sober solutions to serious problems like a bankrupted Social Security, the war on terror and wild federal spending without playing the politics of polarization.

great. on to 2012, i guess.

gov. ed rendell (d-embarrassment)

lynn swann must be shaking his head right now. just three days after saying that voters in pennsylvania would probably be too racist to vote for sen. obama, gov. rendell (a clinton supporter), steps in it again:
"Senator Clinton has the same handicap," said Rendell, who has endorsed the former first lady. "There are some men who have said, 'Look I have nothing against Senator Clinton but I don't want to see a woman ... in charge of the United States military as commander in chief.'"

"We're talking about a very small percentage of voters, but some of these primaries are decided by a very small percentage of voters," he said.

so now he has called his constituents both racist and sexist.

well played, gov. rendell, well played.

rep. john shadegg to retire from the house

it's old, i know.

it actually made me sad to find out that he is leaving. perhaps he will run for sen. john mccain's senate seat. i cannot think of anywhere his views are more needed.

for what it's worth, 130 house republicans have signed a letter asking him to reconsider staying for the 11th congress.

2.14.2008

house republicans walk out

there was a vote today to find former white house counsel harriet miers and white house chief of staff josh bolton in contempt of congress. house republicans, led by rep. john boehner (r-oh), walked out to protest congress' precious time being wasted on this partisan venture.

video:

meet the new 1692...

...same as the old 1692.

song of the day

"mood to burn bridges" by neko case (& her boyfriends)



i hear ya, gurl.

happy valentine's day, people.

romney endorses mccain

he also asks all his delegates to transfer their support to sen. mccain. assuming all of them do, this gives mccain 1,113/1,191 delegates needed to clinch the nomination.

romney's reasoning? to send a message huckabee's way:
CNN just reported that Romney aides say the former Massachusetts’ Governor is doing this to give a clear hint to Huckabee that “he is being a pest”. Not an official quote, but certainly interesting…

huckabee is such a "serious candidate" that he's not even tryin to campaign at the moment, instead opting to spend the weekend in the cayman islands. please stay there, huck.

you stay classy...

...jane fonda.

2.13.2008

blech

i need to not know about the feelings chris matthews gets in his pants.

chain of foolishness

seriously, aretha. we all love you. we even get excited when people (successfully) cover your songs. no need to get stupid on us after all these years.

2.12.2008

blogroll update

dorian davis - everyone's favorite gay republican. (i knew he'd come crawling back to blogging.)

(h/t Karol)

song of the day

"new york, new york" by nina hagen.



i don't feel like being political today. i have a cold and i have to work late tonight at a job i hate. boo that.

2.11.2008

this is a disgrace

one of the fiercest critics of radical islam, ayaan hirsi ali, is being forced to beg france for citizenship because she cannot afford, and the u.s. will not provide, the security protection required to keep her alive.

your exit question, from hotair.com:
If illegal aliens qualify for emergency medical treatment, why don’t legal aliens qualify for emergency police protection?

a new and exciting way to...

...die in the name of allah:
Women training in several hospitals in England have raised objections to removing their arm coverings in theatre and to rolling up their sleeves when washing their hands, because it is regarded as immodest in Islam.

from mark hemingway at national review's the corner:
Hey, you know what's really immodest? Claiming your religion as a pretext to justify giving other people staph infections.

2.08.2008

oh please, oh please, oh please, oh please!

i really like her. she needs to be vp.

everything you need to know about james dobson...

...in one endorsement.

this is a man that cares nothing about the party or the conservative movement. he only cares to prove that somehow, he's still relevant.

2.07.2008

romney's out

here is his official statement, delivered in a speech at CPAC:
"I disagree with Senator McCain on a number of issues, as you know. But I agree with him on doing whatever it takes to be successful in Iraq, on finding and executing Osama bin Laden, and on eliminating Al Qaeda and terror. If I fight on in my campaign, all the way to the convention, I would forestall the launch of a national campaign and make it more likely that Senator Clinton or Obama would win. And in this time of war, I simply cannot let my campaign, be a part of aiding a surrender to terror.

"This is not an easy decision for me. I hate to lose. My family, my friends and our supporters – many of you right here in this room – have given a great deal to get me where I have a shot at becoming President. If this were only about me, I would go on. But I entered this race because I love America, and because I love America, I feel I must now stand aside, for our party and for our country.

romney was a classy guy. i hope he remains a voice in the party.

make no mistake

this will ensure a democrat victory this year.

on to 2012...

2.06.2008

quote of the day (already)

"The rule is tack to the right in the primaries, tack to the center once the nomination is secured to better position oneself for the general. The John McCain we're seeing now is likely the most conservative version of him we're ever likely to see."

- ace

mccain's first message to conservatives

is for us to "calm down":
Republican John McCain, buoyed by Super Tuesday wins that pushed him closer to the nomination, told his conservative critics Wednesday to dial back the animosity and focus on issues where they agree.

"I do hope that at some point we would just calm down a little bit and see if there's areas we can agree on," McCain said at a news conference in a Phoenix airport hangar.

the senator sure does know how to build a bridge.

ugh.

if i had enough money to buy alcohol, i would be very drunk right now.

shaq traded to the phoenix suns

when i read this, my first (and, admittedly, only) thought was "huh...i thought shaq retired years ago..."

2.05.2008

the one-way street of bipartisanship

allahpundit at hotair.com has an interesting question for mccain supporters:

McCain’s supporters make much of the fact that he has a record of reaching across the aisle and working with Democrats. But in every case, he’s reaching across the aisle to do what the Democrats want. Where’s the evidence that McCain has ever reached across the aisle and plucked off a few Democrat votes for a conservative issue or cause? I can’t think of a single case, so I’ll put it to the McCain supporters in the HA readership: Name an issue where McCain reached across the aisle and ended up benefiting conservative issues, ideals or causes.

i can't think of a single time, either.

song of the day

"little acorns" by the white stripes



be like the squirrel, girl, be like the suirrel.

where do-gooders and economics meet

the american lung association of kentucky is seeking to raise kentucky's cigarette taxes by up to $0.75 per pack.

i've got an idea. how about we start raising taxes on tofu, pacthouli, and decemberists albums and see how they like it...

poll worker corruption in brooklyn?

sounds like it to me.

i wonder how long...

...it too stevie wonder to write this masterpeice:



and in other barack obama news, a democratic focus group was asked to name one, just one, of obama's accomplishments in the u.s. senate. here's what happened:



because when all your candidates are spouting the same socialist policies, you're really only voting for the packaging in which said policies arrive.

2.04.2008

a possible mccain backlash?

music to my ears, if true. michelle malkin is all over it.

i never thought i would be supporting mitt, but i think the gop now realizes he's the only one who can stop mccain.

if any huckabee supporters are reading this: a vote for huckabee is a vote for mccain.

there's no other way around it.

people still watch that?

"24" decides the best way to up ratings is to gallop to the left:

Come spring, the show's writers and their Fox bosses began having informal telephone conversations about how to recover for next season. By the May 21 season finale, the audience had dropped to just over 11 million. Fox gave the writers carte blanche to "reimagine" the show. One of the team's chief considerations was how to address the controversy surrounding Jack's use of torture. Should Jack be feeling the guilt the media would have him feel?

On May 31, the show's head writers went in for a meeting at the studio to present their first big idea: sending Jack to Africa. In various incarnations, Jack would begin the season digging ditches, building houses, tending to orphans, providing security for an embassy or escorting around a visiting dignitary. "One of the themes we discussed was penance, that Africa was a place Jack had gone to seek some kind of penance. Some sanctuary too, but also penance for things he's done in his life," Mr. Gordon says.


yeah. people want to see jack bauer being a rare, non-rapist UN peacekeeper. how about just making the show good again?

not too surprising

will huck's followers vote democrat in november? hmmmm:

Even assuming he loses the nomination, Huckabee's appeal demonstrates what journalists and commentators have been saying for the past year: the views in the pews are changing. Republicans can no longer take Evangelicals for granted simply by beating up the old piƱatas of abortion and gay marriage. While a full-scale exodus from the GOP is unlikely, more "Bible-believing" Christians are likely to consider voting for a Democratic candidate this November than in any election since Evangelicals helped to put Jimmy Carter in the White House.


seeing as how huckabee is basically a pro-life democrat anyway, it seems like a natural fit.

2.03.2008

the senator from washington

mark levin finds a fitting politician he can compare to sen. john mccain.

come, come, come - nuclear bomb

morrissey has a concert in tehran? (and perhaps depresses the Iranian regime into capitulation?)

(h/t hotair headlines)

song of the day

"new york" by cat power.



it's a cover of the iconic frank sinatra song. she makes it her own.

the whole album is good, actually.

just another reason to choose romney

pres. bush refuses to lend aid to gov. mitt romney's campaign because of the governor's hard-line stance on immigration:

Bush is upset that Romney changed his position on the issue, compared to what it had been when he was governor of Massachusetts, at the expense of the president's immigration reform. Bush and Sen. John McCain are not close, but the president is grateful for McCain's support on Iraq and immigration.


that should win romney some conservative street cred.

2.01.2008

anti-mccain blast from the past

mccain nearly abandoned the GOP in 2001 with sen. jim jeffords.

maverick.

obama gets coveted endorsements...

from moveon.org and a group of lawyers representing gitmo terrorists.

i know that when i think of a politician being "beyond partisanship", i think of the candidate endorsed by these groups.

cue the banjos...

west virginia never ceases to amaze me.

hillary picks up a surprising endorsement