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Desperation

List of books Palin wanted banned is fake

By the way, these false rumors are so bizarre and idiotic that even Newsweek (!) noted and compiled a list.

This is all kind of funny since it is still a pretty tight race and these polls don’t really say much since the election will be decided by electoral votes, that is, what really matters is the results of a few swing states.

But still, this is all a great preview of how discombobulated these guys will be once McCain wins :-)

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That’s a bounce!

Gallup: McCain 4 Point Lead Among Registered Voters, 10 Points With Likely Voters

The Likely Voters number is just astounding. And there is some people who still argue if the Palin’s move was a master stroke or not.

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You would think that a scandal involving a famous Democrat at this point in the election cycle would be big news right?

Apparently, it really depends on which party is involved in that scandal… See if you can find what the pattern on the coverage below is:
Bloomberg: Detroit Mayor Kilpatrick Pleads Guilty to Perjury
Reuters: Detroit mayor pleads guilty, to leave office
CNN: Detroit mayor agrees to plea deal in text scandal
NYT: Detroit Mayor Pleads Guilty, Agrees to Resign

Did you guess?

All articles barely mention the fact that Kilpatrick is a Democrat! NYT mentions it in the last line and the CNN article doesn’t mention it at all! He is just a politician you know how these guys are!

Now, just close your eyeys and try to imagine if this guy was a Republican. Actually, you don’t even need to imagine; just look at that same CNN describing Mark Foley’s scandal back in 2006:
Congressman quits after messages to teens found

Nothing less than 6(!) references to Republicans.

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That’s what you get!


Do not, I repeat, Do Not mess with the hockey mom!

“This is a man who can give an entire speech about the wars America is fighting, and never use the word “victory” except when he’s talking about his own campaign. But when the cloud of rhetoric has passed … when the roar of the crowd fades away … when the stadium lights go out, and those Styrofoam Greek columns are hauled back to some studio lot – what exactly is our opponent’s plan? What does he actually seek to accomplish, after he’s done turning back the waters and healing the planet? The answer is to make government bigger … take more of your money … give you more orders from Washington … and to reduce the strength of America in a dangerous world. America needs more energy … our opponent is against producing it. Victory in Iraq is finally in sight … he wants to forfeit.”

“Our nominee doesn’t run with the Washington herd.

He’s a man who’s there to serve his country, and not just his party. A leader who’s not looking for a fight, but is not afraid of one either. Harry Reid, the Majority Leader of the current do-nothing Senate, not long ago summed up his feelings about our nominee.

He said, quote, “I can’t stand John McCain.” Ladies and gentlemen, perhaps no accolade we hear this week is better proof that we’ve chosen the right man. Clearly what the Majority Leader was driving at is that he can’t stand up to John McCain. That is only one more reason to take the maverick of the Senate and put him in the White House. My fellow citizens, the American presidency is not supposed to be a journey of “personal discovery.” This world of threats and dangers is not just a community, and it doesn’t just need an organizer. And though both Senator Obama and Senator Biden have been going on lately about how they are always, quote, “fighting for you,” let us face the matter squarely.
There is only one man in this election who has ever really fought for you … in places where winning means survival and defeat means death … and that man is John McCain. In our day, politicians have readily shared much lesser tales of adversity than the nightmare world in which this man, and others equally brave, served and suffered for their country.”

You can read the whole speech here.

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Scary thoughts

In the upcoming election, most of the young voters will have no understanding of some of the major issues being debated.

After all, an eighteen year old today was only 11 year old when the 9/11 attacks occurred. That same eighteen year old was not even born when the Berlin wall fell in 1989.

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It is no coincidence that Democrats didn’t mention national security this time. In 2004, as you might remember, they were all about Kerry’s military experience. Remember how they called Bush a fake and Cheney a draft dodger? (By the way, you don’t see McCain challenging Obama’s military experience… Furthermore, Biden has some interesting experiences in that dodging thing).

It is more interesting to see how the Dems are not mentioning Georgia or even Darfur this time… The only international conflict they talk about is Iraq, and the surge’s success cut that subject really short.

The idea used in 2004 that Democrats can be “strong but different” as far as foreign policy is concerned is simply gone. They just want to avoid the subject completely now.

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Republicans on the other side are betting everything on John McCain’s experience. His status of war hero and the fact that he was right about the surge are some of his biggest strengths. But how much will that work when you have a big part of your public who don’t even know who our enemies are?

Pretty dangerous times.

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Reaching out

I thought Lieberman’s speech yesterday was very good.

Here is a guy who was Al Gore’s VP saying basically that, even if you are a liberal democrat, you should vote for McCain because Obama is unprepared and a radical. He didn’t try to sound like a converted Republican; He made no bones in saying that he is still a Democrat, and that he is only doing what he is doing because of how clear the two options are and how dangerous it would be if Obama wins.

I can only imagine the brouhaha that the press would be doing if a high profile Republican had endorsed Obama in such a way (by the way, I was really happy Kristol’s prediction was wrong).

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Oh no! That’s it!

Ok, that’s the end: Todd Palin, Sarah Palin’s husband, was arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol. This was more than 20 years ago and they were not even married yet… but still!

Next thing you know we will hear about a candidate using cocaine or something!

Ooops.

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This is a very interesting one. Apparently, there is a big controversy in the United Kingdom about a WHO report that shows that a “a boy born in Calton, a poor suburb of Glasgow in Scotland, has a life expectancy of 54 years – less than a child born in India – but a boy born a few miles away in Lenzie can expect to live to 82.”

That same report says that a “health care gap” between rich and poor is the main reason for such discrepancy.

Well, not so fast.

According to Gillian Bowditch, the problem is not access to health care. It is access to jobs:

“In Calton, between 50% and 60% of the working-age population are economically inactive. It is easier to park people on long-term benefits than it is to find the energy and creativity to help them move from dependence to independence.”

What happens when you have such a huge percentage of your youth without jobs: Lots of drinking and Gangs violence, the real killers in this case.

It is really unfortunate that the press is so ideologically strapped that they can’t connect the dots here. There are dark consequences to welfare societies that are disguised as social injustice and no one cries foul. Instead, they keep searching for more ways to increase government assistant and consequently making the problem worse.

The last Democrat President was smart enough to understand this. The problem is, the next might be dumb enough to revert it.

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Levels of inexperience

This is interesting (via Neil Chilson)

“Some Democrats are saying that being governor of Alaska is roughly equivalent to being King of your Couch, as far as executive experience goes. I decided to dig around.

Turns out that with a total state government expenditures of over $5.5 billion dollars in 2007, Alaska had the 32nd largest state government in the US.

Guess what? In 1991, when Bill Clinton was governor, Arkansas was the 37th largest state government, having spent $1.86 billion dollars. This is $2.79 billion in 2007 dollars.”

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In a rational world, people would agree that the presidency as a job requires certain qualities and pre-requisites, just like any other job does. These should include previous experience in whatever you are expected to do when in office: manage budgets, deal with foreign powers, command the military, etc.

In that world, neither Obama nor Palin could become President right now.

However, until yesterday Democrats were basically saying that Obama somehow is a special exception. When you remove the fluff, this ‘exception’ boils down to the fact that he is young and black. Also until yesterday, Republicans were trying desperately to show that this was nonsense, and in some very clear ways, racist.

That strategy was not working very well, so McCain then decided to use that same tactic against the democrats. He chose an inexperienced young woman. Democrats, as expected, are saying that Republicans are hypocrites.

Does that mean Republicans were right before?

Furthermore, no one said much about the fact that Biden is almost as old as McCain, right? The next step for Democrats will be when they try to explain why every Obama critic is a racist but Palin’s are not chauvinists.

It almost sounds like a Seinfeld episode but no one is laughing here.

Now, it would be nice if we all agreed on what is really important here. If experience is what matters, would you say it is better to have an experienced President or Vice President? If what matters is to be honest and not a hypocrite, would you blame mostly the party that started the whole mess or the one that reacted to it?

I think McCain’s choice was a brilliant political move. After Obama chose Biden, the inexperience issue became secondary because Democrats could sell the idea of Obama consulting when necessary. So why not choosing a young VP that can also be ‘trained on the job’? It was also brilliant because Palin is a ‘true’ conservative. So I am happy that McCain’s chances to be elected are much better now.

But rationally I am sad to see a whole country getting lost in this idiotic search of icons that try to prove that we are over our errors of the past just by repeating them in some different, more ‘civilized’ way.

We are going to have a black or a woman in the White house but for the wrong reasons. I just hope we get the least of the two evils.

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WOW

These pictures say everything…

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Here is how Freetrade.org grades Obama’s and Biden’s track record on trade:

And now here is McCain’s:

Oh, and we should consider ourselves lucky. Here is Hillary’s:

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Why Obama chose Biden

David Brooks was right. Obama chose old Biden for his running mate. I think I know why:

“Honesty. Biden’s most notorious feature is his mouth. But in his youth, he had a stutter. As a freshman in high school he was exempted from public speaking because of his disability, and was ridiculed by teachers and peers. His nickname was Dash, because of his inability to finish a sentence.

He developed an odd smile as a way to relax his facial muscles (it still shows up while he’s speaking today) and he’s spent his adulthood making up for any comments that may have gone unmade during his youth.

Today, Biden’s conversational style is tiresome to some, but it has one outstanding feature. He is direct. No matter who you are, he tells you exactly what he thinks, before he tells it to you a second, third and fourth time.”

VPs are supposed to minimize candidate’s weaknesses. Since Obama is the one that talks with style but never really says anything, Biden makes all the sense in the world.

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Stop the press! This is unheard of: Obama admits that he was wrong on the surge!

How can the chosen one be wrong about anything? Especially on such an important issue… Of course, he says that “other factors” have allowed the surge to succeed, but hey, in a world where people prefer to give props for Iran and Saudi Arabia than McCain this is a great development for Obama.

By the way, Weasel Clark is getting to John Edwards levels of phoniness lately. If one of these guys become VP it would be just unbearable.

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Funny how the press is all over McCain’s releasing his medical records. Were they this hard on Paul Tsongas? Or with FDR when he was hiding his polio?

It is even more interesting that the press doesn’t care at all for the health of other public servants, like Senators. I mean, check this out:

How much do we need to figure out that a 91 year old man should not be making the laws of the land?

And just one more thing about Byrd: Crying is totally normal and Ted Kennedy’s decease is really something sad. Now, it is a bit ironic that Robert Byrd, who voted against the Civil Rights Act and was a member of the KKK now weeps over one of the most liberal senators and calls him his best friend.

I wonder what his old buddies from the clan are saying now…

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Yes We Can!

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Want to know what candidate is closer to your positions?

Try the Electoral Compass. This was my result:

Electoral Compass 2008

Yup, perfect match with Rudy. He is indeed my second best candidate. I prefer McCain because he can bring the independent vote and neutralize most of Democrats talking points.

(via Smartonauta, who of course is closer to Obama)

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