Archive for September, 2008

9-11 (Updated)

Posted: 11 Sep 2008 in Politics, Terrorism

I am not going to add too much to the furor that is 9-11. I do have one question that I think deserves pondering.

Why after seven years are we still reading the names of the victims?

How long was this done for Pearl Harbor?

Was it ever done for those Soldiers that died on the beaches at Normandy?

How about the more than 4000 that have died in Iraq since we went to war?


Why is the flag still being lowered to half staff? It isn’t done on the 6th of June. It isn’t is done on the 7th of December. I could carry on ridiculously on this, but I think you get the point. Incorrectly stated. I truly should have known better, just irked when I posted this.

I feel sorry for those that lost loved ones in the Twin Towers, the Pentagon, and in those planes, but I think this is a divisive issue in America. I stand firm in my resolve to defend America whenever it is needed. There are many that think the opposite, or just blame America for what happened.

Remembering is important, but carrying on like it happened last week is not the answer. The left and the right will always make this a political issue in their own ways and that doesn’t help anyone. It certainly doesn’t bring this nation together. It merely divides us along our lines of political persuasion.

I now return you to your regularly scheduled program.

Ace of Spades has a good article for 9-11.

It is a repost from 2007:

Reposted. Written last 9/11/2007. I pushed this ahead until around noon, so fresh posts are below.

NOTE: This is a politicized remembrance of 9/11, so you may wish to skip it. I didn’t set out to write it this way, but this is how it turned out; I couldn’t just mouth the clichés about us all being united on 9/11 without noting how illusory and false that feeling turned out to be, like a love gone bad.

I apologize for that direction, but I can’t see how to avoid the obvious. We’ve been mythologizing 9/11 bringing us closer than ever before; maybe we can interrupt this myth-making from time to time to note it actually divided us more than ever in our history. It was actually my intent to write the same old cute story of that feeling of being united; when I got there, however, it was a bitter cliché and a lie I choked on.

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Over at Anti-Idiotarian Rottweiler

Unsung Glory; Lt. Col. Cyril Richard Rescorla

Cyril Richard Rescorla was born in May of 1939 in Hayle, Cornwall, England. He had grown up reading of commando operations and the French Resistance, and he soon followed the path of a warrior himself, joining the British Paratroops while in his teens. He had fought communist guerrillas on Cyprus as an intelligence officer, leading small unit counter insurgency operations. He then joined Her Majesty’s Colonial Force and fought in Northern Rhodesia, now Zambia. After some time with Scotland Yard’s Flying Squad conducting operations against the IRA, he and a comrade from Rhodesia, Dan Hill, decided that the next fight against communism was going to be in Southeast Asia, and they both joined the US Army in 1963. Hill was an American mercenary when Rescorla met him in Rhodesia, and they both shared an ardent hatred of communism. Hill had been active in various capacities in Hungary in 1956 and in Lebanon in 1958, and in training exercises for the Bay of Pigs operation, in 1961. Their decision to join the Army was based solely on the desire to continue the fight against the world wide threat of communism.

Enlisting as a private, Rescola was soon promoted to sergeant and later appointed to attend OCS at Ft. Benning Ga. He was commissioned a 2nd Lt. in April of 1965 and by November he was in Viet Nam with the 7th Cavalry.

In “Baptism”, a memoir on Viet Nam, Larry Gwin described Rescorla as a charming raconteur with a “crazed irreverent twinkle” at play, but also a ruthless killer with a “cold steely glint that could sear through you like the icy stare of death” in the bush.

Go read the rest

Here’s an example of what I described. Oddly enough, it was after I wrote it that I found it.

Also at Anti-Idiotarian Rottweiler:

Earlier this morning at work, I was nauseated to have to listen [not by choice] to an NBC Commentator attack the administration, the McCain Campaign and real Americans for using 9/11 as a “Cheap” political stunt to terrorize the electorate into supporting the GOP ticket. The bastard using the same old worn-out narrative, blaming Bush and even Rudy for the 9/11 disaster, and now saying we are using this tactic to win the election. The lying prick even insisted that it was pressure from the administration that the footage and photos from that terrible day were generally taken off the “news cycle” only to be brought back out now, for votes.

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At any rate. May those that were lost on this day in 2001 rest in peace, and may their loved ones find solace in God’s mercy.

Here’s one from Ann Coulter:

BUSH 7, TERRORISTS 0

Morose that there hasn’t been another terrorist attack on American soil for seven long years, liberals were ecstatic when Hurricane Gustav was headed toward New Orleans during the Republican National Convention last week. The networks gave the hurricane plenty of breaking-news coverage — but unfortunately it was Hurricane Katrina from 2005 they were covering.

On Keith Olbermann’s Aug. 29 show on MSNBC, Michael Moore said the possibility of a Category 3 hurricane hitting the United States “is proof that there is a God in heaven.” Olbermann responded: “A supremely good point.”

Dope and Derange

Posted: 10 Sep 2008 in Politics


Your Gun Rights Are in Danger Unless You Register to Vote!

Don’t Wait for Barack Obama to Ban Your Guns – Register to Vote Today!

Barack Obama Has Supported:

A Total Ban on Handguns

A Ban on the Sale or Transfer of All Semi-Auto Firearms

A Ban on Right-to-Carry Permits

A Ban on Firearms Kept in the Home

And More —

“So it’s not surprising then that they get bitter, they cling to guns or religion or antipathy to people who aren’t like them….”
— Barack Obama, April 2, 2008
Barack Obama has made it clear – he believes gun owners are dangerous and that guns should be banned.  If he is elected President, he could name new Supreme Court Justices who will try to overturn the recent court decision and strip our rights away.

Protect your rights.  Protecting your rights has never been more important. Register to vote today!

Great article over at the UK Telegraph.

Sarah Palin is not such a small-town girl after all

By James Bennett

It is clear that few in America, let alone Britain, have any idea what to make of Sarah Palin. The Republicans’ vice-presidential candidate confounds the commentators because they don’t understand the forces that shaped her in the remote state of Alaska.

Thus, most coverage dwells on exotica – the moose shooting, her Eskimo husband – combined with befuddlement at how a woman can go from being mayor of a town of 9,000, to governor, to prospective VP within the space of a few years.

The first myth to slay is that she is a political neophyte who has come from nowhere. In fact, she and her husband have, for decades, run a company in the highly politicized commercial fishing industry, where holding on to a license requires considerable nous and networking skills.

Her rise from parent-teacher association to city council gave her a natural political base in her home town of Wasilla. Going on to become mayor was a natural progression. Wasilla’s population of 9,000 would be a small town in Britain, and even in most American states.

But Wasilla is the fifth-largest city in Alaska, which meant that Palin was an important player in state politics.

Her husband’s status in the Yup’ik Eskimo tribe, of which he is a full, or “enrolled” member, connected her to another influential faction: the large and wealthy (because of their right to oil revenues) native tribes.

All of this gave her a base from which to launch her 2002 campaign for lieutenant (deputy) governor of Alaska.

She lost that, but collected a powerful enough following to be placated with a seat on, and subsequently the chairmanship of, the Oil and Gas Conservation Commission, which launched her into the politics of Alaska’s energy industry.

Palin quickly realised that Alaska had the potential to become a much bigger player in global energy politics, a conviction that grew as the price of oil rose. Alaska had been in hock to oil companies since major production began in the mid-1970s.

As with most poor, distant places that suddenly receive great natural-resource wealth, the first generation of politicians were mesmerised by the magnificence of the crumbs falling from the table. Palin was the first of the next generation to realise that Alaska should have a place at that table.

Her first target was an absurd bureaucratic tangle that for 30 years had kept the state from exporting its gas to the other 48 states. She set an agenda that centred on three mutually supportive objectives: cleaning up state politics, building a new gas pipeline, and increasing the state’s share of energy revenues.

This agenda, pursued throughout Palin’s commission tenure, culminated in her run for governor in 2006. By this time, she had already begun rooting out corruption and making enemies, but also establishing her bona fides as a reformer.

With this base, she surprised many by steamrollering first the Republican incumbent governor, and second, the Democratic former governor, in the election.

Far from being a reprise of Mr Smith Goes to Washington, Palin was a clear-eyed politician who, from the day she took office, knew exactly what she had to do and whose toes she would step on to do it.

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Don’t know whom to credit with this, but I received it in an email and decided to put it here.

A Little Gun History Lesson

In 1929, the Soviet Union established gun control. From 1929 to 1953, about 20 million dissidents, unable to defend themselves, were rounded up and exterminated.

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In 1911, Turkey established gun control. From 1915 to 1917, 1.5 million Armenians, unable to defend themselves, were rounded up and exterminated.

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Germany established gun control in 1938 and from 1939 to 1945, a total of 13 million Jews and others who were unable to defend themselves were rounded up and exterminated.

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China established gun control in 1935. From 1948 to 1952,

some 20 million political dissidents, unable to defend themselves, were rounded up and exterminated.

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Guatemala established gun control in 1964. From 1964 to 1981, some 100,000 Mayan Indians, unable to defend themselves, were rounded up and exterminated.

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Uganda established gun control in 1970. From 1971 to 1979, 300,000 Christians, unable to defend themselves, were rounded up and exterminated.

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Cambodia established gun control in 1956. From 1975 to 1977, one million ‘educated’ people, unable to defend themselves, were rounded up and exterminated.

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Defenseless people rounded up and exterminated in the 20th Century because of gun control: 56 million.

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It has now been 12 months since gun owners in Australia were forced by new law to surrender 640,381 personal firearms to be destroyed by their own government, a program costing Australia taxpayers more than $500 million dollars. The first year results are now in:

Australia-wide, homicides are up 3.2 percent

Australia-wide, assaults are up 8.6 percent

Australia-wide, armed robberies are up 44 percent (yes, 44 percent)!

In the state of Victoria alone, homicides with firearms are now up 300 percent. Note that while the law-abiding citizens turned them in, the criminals did not, and criminals still possess their guns!

It will never happen here? I bet the Aussies said that too!

While figures over the previous 25 years showed a steady decrease in armed robbery with firearms, this has changed drastically upward in the past 12 months, since criminals now are guaranteed that their prey is unarmed.

There has also been a dramatic increase in break-ins and assaults of the ELDERLY. Australian politicians are at a loss to explain how public safety has decreased, after such monumental effort and expense was expended in successfully ridding Australian society of guns. The Australian experience and the other historical facts above prove it.

You won’t see this data on the US evening news, or hear politicians disseminating this information.

Guns in the hands of honest citizens save lives and property and, yes, gun-control laws adversely affect only the law-abiding citizens.

Take note my fellow Americans, before it’s too late!

The next time someone talks in favor of gun control, please remind him of this history lesson.

With Guns………….We Are ‘Citizens’.

Without Them……..We Are ‘Subjects’.

During W.W. II the Japanese decided not to invade America because they knew most Americans were ARMED!

Note: Admiral Yamamoto who crafted the attack on Pearl Harbor had attended Harvard U 1919-1921 & was Naval Attaché to the U. S. 1925-28. Most of our Navy was destroyed at Pearl Harbor & our Army had been deprived of funding & was ill prepared to defend the country.

It was reported that when asked why Japan did not follow up the Pearl Harbor attack with an invasion of the U. S. Mainland, his reply was that he had lived in the U. S. & knew that almost all households had guns.

If you value your freedom, Please spread this anti-gun control message to all your friends!

The Bill of No Rights from Lewis Napper:

We, the sensible people of the United States, in an attempt to help everyone get along, restore some semblance of justice, avoid any more riots, keep our nation safe, promote positive behavior and secure the blessings of debt-free liberty to ourselves and our great-great-great grandchildren, hereby try one more time to ordain and establish some common sense guidelines for the terminally whiny, guilt-ridden, delusional and other liberal, commie, pinko bedwetters.

We hold these truths to be self-evident: that a whole lot of people were confused by the Bill of Rights and are so dim that they require a Bill of No Rights.

ARTICLE I: You do not have the right to a new car, big screen color TV or any other form of wealth. More power to you if you can legally acquire them, but no one is guaranteeing anything.

ARTICLE II: You do not have the right to never be offended. This country is based on freedom, and that means freedom for everyone—not just you! You may leave the room, turn the channel, express a different opinion, etc., but the world is full of idiots, and probably always will be.

ARTICLE III: You do not have the right to be free from harm. If you stick a screwdriver in your eye, learn to be more careful, do not expect the tool manufacturer to make you and all your relatives independently wealthy.

ARTICLE IV: You do not have the right to free food and housing. Americans are the most charitable people to be found, and will gladly help anyone in need, but we are quickly growing weary of subsidizing generation after generation of professional couch potatoes who achieve nothing more than the creation of another generation of professional couch potatoes.

ARTICLE V: You do not have the right to free health care. That would be nice, but from the looks of public housing, we’re just not interested in public health care.

ARTICLE VI: You do not have the right to physically harm other people. If you kidnap, rape, intentionally maim or kill someone, don’t be surprised if the rest of us get together and kill you.

ARTICLE VII: You do not have the right to the possessions of others. If you rob, cheat or coerce away the goods or services of other citizens, don’t be surprised if the rest of us get together and lock you away in a place where you still won’t have the right to a big-screen color TV or a life of leisure.

ARTICLE VIII: You don’t have the right to demand that our children risk their lives in foreign wars to soothe your aching conscience. We hate oppressive governments and won’t lift a finger to stop you from going to fight if you’d like. However, we do not enjoy parenting the entire world and do not want to spend so much of our time battling each and every little tyrant with a military uniform and funny hat.

ARTICLE IX: You don’t have the right to a job. All of us sure want you to have one, and will gladly help you along in hard times, but we expect you to take advantage of the opportunities in education and vocational training laid before you to make yourself useful.

ARTICLE X: You do not have the right to happiness. Being an American means that you have the right to pursue happiness—which by the way, is a lot easier if you are unencumbered by an overabundance of idiotic laws created by those of you who were confused by the Bill of Rights.

Good one from John Stossel:

Green Jobs

Governments create no wealth. They only move it around while taking a cut for their trouble. So any jobs created over here come at the expense of jobs that would have been created over there. Overlooking this fact is known as the broken-window fallacy. The French economist Frederic Bastiat pointed out that a broken shop window will create work for a glassmaker, but that work comes only at the expense of the cook or tailor the shopkeeper would have patronized if he didn’t have to replace the window.

Creating jobs is not difficult for government officials. Pharaohs created thousands of jobs by building pyramids. Our government could create jobs by paying people to dig holes and then fill them up. Would actual wealth be created? Of course not. It would be destroyed. It’s like arguing the hurricanes create jobs. After all, the destruction is followed by rebuilding. But does anyone seriously believe that replacing destroyed buildings creates wealth?

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I love Heart.

The Wilson sisters suck as human beings though. Here’s the latest BS from the leftards that used to be a couple hotties back in the day.

Check out Hot Air

Here is someone with the money to fund a rebuttal to what Howard Dean, Democratic National Committee Chairman, said recently that ‘many Republicans have never done an honest day’s work in their life’. The following full-page ad was placed in the Washington Post by a businessman named George J. Esseff, Sr.  He paid $104,655.60 to run the ad and only did it because he is sick and tired of the way that ‘the rich’ are portrayed by liberals these days.  It is a great read.

The Ad

Maybe you’re a conservative Republican?
In today’s America, ask a growing number of high school and college students, their teachers and professors, the self-anointed media elite and/or hard working men and women of all ethnicities, the question, ‘What is a Republican?’ and you’ll be told  ‘… a rich, greedy, egotistical individual, motivated only by money and the desire to accumulate more and more of it, at the expense of the environment, the working poor….and all whom they exploit…’
I am a Republican – and I am none of those things….and I don’t know any Republicans who are!

WHAT I AM, first and foremost, is a loving husband of some 52 plus years, the father of four, and an American who’s proud of his country…and his country’s heritage.

WHAT I AM is the grandson of immigrants who risked everything, including their lives and those of their children, to escape tyranny in search of freedom.

WHAT I AM is a man who grew up during the Depression and witnessed first hand the effects of the Stock Market crash and the soup lines that followed.  I watched as both my parents and grand parents, who had very little themselves, shared what food they had with a half dozen other families who had even less.

WHAT I AM is someone who worked his way through college by holding down three and four jobs at a time and then used that education to build a better life.

WHAT I AM is a husband who, at age 24, started his own business for the ‘privilege’ of working 60, 70 and 80 hours a week, risking everything I had, including my health, in search of a better life for myself and my loved ones.

WHAT I AM is a businessman whose blood, sweat and tears….and plenty of them…, made it possible for me to provide a secure living, not only for my family and myself, but also for literally hundreds of my employees throughout the years, employees who in turn were able to buy their own homes, raise their own families and give back to their communities and their country.

WHAT I AM is a man who believes in God; a God who has blessed this country … and all for which it stands.

WHAT I AM is someone who knows, if you doubt miracles exist in today’s world, you need only to look into the face of those who received them … and the eyes of those who give them.

WHAT I AM is an American who’s proud that his President embraces a belief in God; proud of a President who understands, as ‘politically incorrect’ as it may be, there is evil in this world, and for the security and safety of all freedom loving people everywhere, it must be confronted … and it must be defeated.

WHAT I AM is an American who takes comfort in the knowledge that our President refuses to allow decisions concerning the very safety and security of this nation to be governed by the political whims of foreign governments.

WHAT I AM is tired of hearing from leading Democrats who see only negativity in America, racism in her people, class warfare in her society and ‘political incorrectness’ in her character.

WHAT I AM is a former Democrat who now understands that it is the soldier and not the reporter that guarantees us our freedoms of the press, speech and dissent.

WHAT I AM is a man who believes in the sanctity of life.  A man who is repulsed by the pandering of the political left for votes, at the expense of the unborn.

WHAT I AM is a husband and father who believes in the sanctity of marriage and the preservation of the family unit.

WHAT I AM is an ex-movie goer who is repulsed by those insecure, socially inept, elementary thinking, ego-inflated ‘entertainers’ who have appointed themselves ‘experts’ in the fields of national security and geo-politics and then use their forum to attack this nation, its leaders and its actions, much to the delight and encouragement of our enemies.

WHAT I AM is an American who understands the difference between ‘censorship’ and ‘choice.’  Evidently, these individuals do not, because when these same ‘celebrities’ receive public ridicule for their offensive actions, the first thing they yell is ‘censorship.’  What they seem incapable of understanding is that the right of free speech and dissent is shared equally by those offended, as well as those who offend.  I support and will continue to support those films and performers whom I choose to and refuse to support those I don’t.  It is my right as an American, a right I will continue to enthusiastically exercise.

WHAT I AM is a voter, tired of politicians who, every time their voting records are subjected to public scrutiny, try to divert attention from their political and legislative failures by accusing their opponents of ‘attack ads’ and ‘negative campaigning;’ and the news media who allow them to get away with it.

WHAT I AM is a Catholic who loves his God and his Faith, and who’s been taught to respect all religions whose teachings are based in love, peace and charity.  As such, I am embarrassed and ashamed of those individuals in both private and public life whose decisions and actions are devoid of any sense of character or morals; individuals who are only driven by what’s best for them, rather than what’s right, often times at the expense of many, including our national security.

WHAT I AM is a realist who understands that the terrorist attack that murdered hundreds of innocent Russian children could have occurred here, in our heartland.  That’s why I sincerely believe America needs, now more than ever, a President who sees with a clear and focused vision and who speaks with a voice, when heard by both friend and foe alike, is understood, respected and believed.

WHAT I AM is eternally grateful to Ronald Reagan for having the bravery to speak out against Communism and the courage of his convictions in leading the fight to defeat it; and to George W. Bush for the vision, courage, conviction and leadership he has shown in America’s war on terrorism amidst both the constant and vicious personal and political attacks both he and his family are made to endure.

WHAT I AM is a human being, full of numerous faults and failures, but a man, nonetheless, who though not always successful, has continually strived to do ‘what’s right’ instead of ‘what’s easy.’  A man who is challenging the religious leaders of all faiths to not only preach to their congregations the fundamentals of ‘what’s right’ and ‘what’s wrong,’ but to also then hold them accountable for their actions in both the public and private sectors.

WHAT I AM is disgusted with the Courts who, on one hand, call the murder of a pregnant woman a ‘double homicide,’ but then refer to the abortion of her baby as ‘pro-choice.’

WHAT I AM is someone deeply troubled by a political party which embraces a candidate whose primary ‘leadership’ qualities center around his protesting of the Vietnam war and his labeling the honorable men and women who fought in it, (50,000 of whom gave their lives in that action), as rapists and war criminals (John Kerry). That same political party then stepped forward this year to block the appearance of a true Vietnam war hero, retired Admiral and former United States Senator, Jeremiah Denton, (a man who spent seven years and seven torturous months in a North Vietnamese prison), from speaking before an open session of the California Legislature as part of that state’s 4th of July celebration.  The reason Democrats gave for refusing to allow this American hero to speak before their state legislature was because of the ‘conservative’ nature of his views.  As an American, that troubles me deeply….as well it should you.  (Are you listening Mr. D?)

WHAT I AM is a man who feels the need to spend ONE HUNDRED & FOUR THOUSAND, SIX HUNDRED & FIFTY FIVE DOLLARS ($104,655.60, tax paid) of his own money, to purchase this advertisement in order to set the story straight.  Some may say this money would have been better spent feeding the world’s poor.  At the risk of sounding self-serving, as an American and as a Republican, for the last six decades of my life, I have done exactly that … and more.  Following the examples of my parents and grandparents, I have used my earnings to feed the poor, shelter the homeless, provide housing for the elderly and medical care for the sick … and continue to do so … and I’m not alone in that work.

WHAT I AM is someone who is paying for this announcement at my sole expense in hopes of opening the eyes of those led blindly by ill-informed elements of our great nation, who through either ignorance or malicious intent, repeatedly attack and belittle those of us who belong to a political party that holds true to the belief, ‘The rights of the governed exceed the power of the government.’  For those interested, I am speaking only as a tax-paying individual who is in no way associated with the Republican National Committee, nor with any of its directors or delegates.

WHAT I AM is a man who understands, ‘the American way of life’ is a message of self-empowerment for all.

WHAT I AM is an American who is grateful that our nation gives each of us the opportunity of self-determination and the right to benefit from the fruits of self achievement.

WHAT I AM is an American who wants to preserve that way of life for all who seek it.

WHAT I AM is blessed to be an American …. and proud to be a conservative Republican.

Snopes has it.

I Want to be a Rock Star!

Posted: 5 Sep 2008 in Video
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Chicago has a handgun ban, in case you didn’t know. Thanks to that little fact, there have been 125 homicides over the summer, more than the KIAs in Iraq. Yep, you read that correctly. With escalating violence and a corrupt regime, maybe we should just pull out of Chicago and let the gang members take over that crappy city. The insurgents there have won. Withdraw the police now!

From Victor Davis Hanson:

Every Democratic Presidential and VP nominee of the last thirty years, with the exception of Al Gore (law school drop out), has been a lawyer—Obama (s) and Biden, Kerry and Edwards, Gore and Lieberman, Clinton (s) and Gore, Dukakis and Bentsen, and Mondale and Ferraro.

And the drooling on the left continues. That bitch Boxer opens her salivating clap trap to spew forth more bullshit than ought to be permissible from any politician.

Moonbat Extremist Babs Boxer: Saracuda Is Way Outside the Mainstream

This is rich. Senator Barbara Boxer (D-CA) has denounced Sarah Palin as “way outside” the mainstream because Saracuda believes in the sanctity of human life and is skeptical of the global warming hoax.

In contrast, Boxer’s supposedly more mainstream views include support for the ghastly form of execution known as partial birth abortion; coercive taxpayer funding of abortion; homosexual “marriage”; superior legal status for blacks, homosexuals, and transvestites; granting Social Security benefits to illegal aliens; amnesty for illegal aliens, including those who have committed felonies; providing federal funds to sanctuary cities that openly flout US immigration laws; imposing costly burdens on power companies; constitutional rights for foreign terrorists; and lawsuits blaming gun manufacturers for shootings, an attempt to use trial lawyers to preempt the Second Amendment.

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In other news:

Europe Faces an Annual Climate Policy Bill of $86 Billion

Tony Barber, Financial Times, 4 September 2008

Europe’s Reliance on Russian Oil, Gas and Coal To Deepen

AP, 4 September 2008

GOP Embraces Drilling and Green Energy

Declan McCullagh, Cnet News, 4 September 2008

Republicans Make Energy Security Top Issue

AFP, 2 September 2008

This Is the Energy Election

Lawrence Kudlow, NRO, 3 September 2008

Global Warming Falls on List of Concerns

NBC News, 2 September 2008

Governor Palin Rocks!

Posted: 4 Sep 2008 in Politics
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Just listened to her speech. This woman didn’t hold back any punches. Wow. Absolutely wonderful.

I heard the left gasp and groan as their knees buckled from the onslaught of Sarah-Cuda.

Here’s the transcript: NPR

A few snippets:

A writer observed: “We grow good people in our small towns, with honesty, sincerity, and dignity.” I know just the kind of people that writer had in mind when he praised Harry Truman.

I grew up with those people.

They are the ones who do some of the hardest work in America who grow our food, run our factories and fight our wars.

They love their country, in good times and bad, and they’re always proud of America. I had the privilege of living most of my life in a small town…

In politics, there are some candidates who use change to promote their careers.

And then there are those, like John McCain, who use their careers to promote change…

And since our opponents in this presidential election seem to look down on that experience, let me explain to them what the job involves.

I guess a small-town mayor is sort of like a “community organizer,” except that you have actual responsibilities. I might add that in small towns, we don’t quite know what to make of a candidate who lavishes praise on working people when they are listening, and then talks about how bitterly they cling to their religion and guns when those people aren’t listening…

Our opponents say, again and again, that drilling will not solve all of America’s energy problems — as if we all didn’t know that already.

But the fact that drilling won’t solve every problem is no excuse to do nothing at all…

I think the left is in agony today. They just realized that their dream of the Obamasiah waltzing into the Whitehouse unopposed has come to an end. The fact that she pointed out his absolute lack of executive experience, I think, hurt him bad. America’s soccer moms have just been enlisted into the GOP.

Ann Coulter has a good take on Sarah Palin:

THE BEST MAN TURNED OUT TO BE A WOMAN

John McCain’s choice of Sarah Palin, governor of Alaska, as his running mate finally gave Republicans a reason to vote for him — a reason, that is, other than B. Hussein Obama.

The media are hopping mad about McCain’s vice presidential selection, but they’re really furious over at MSNBC. After drawing “Keith + Obama” hearts on their denim notebooks, Keith Olbermann and Chris Matthews stayed up all night last Thursday, writing jokes about Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty, the presumed vice presidential pick. Now they can’t use any of them.

So the media are taking it out on our brave Sarah and her 17-year-old daughter.

They claimed Palin was chosen only because she’s a woman. In fact, Palin was chosen because she’s pro-life, pro-gun, pro-drilling and pro-tax cuts. She’s fought both Republicans and Democrats on public corruption and does not have hair plugs like some other vice presidential candidate I could mention. In other words, she’s a “Republican.”

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From Hot Air:

Palin delivers a knockout

Perhaps the media and Democrats would have been better advised to set expectations high for Sarah Palin’s acceptance speech tonight at the Republican convention.  After ridiculing her as a small-town yokel for the better part of three days, Palin would have looked good if she managed to avoid drooling during her speech.  In the event, though, they could have set expectations as high as a Barack Obama acceptance speech, and Palin would still have exceeded them in a tremendous debut on the national stage.

Palin made it clear to the condescending media and her Democratic critics that she is no pushover, no cream puff.  Her nickname, “Sarah Barracuda”, seems a lot more fitting after tonight.  Not only did she defend her small-town upbringing, she attacked Barack Obama on almost every possible front, and for good measure went after Joe Biden and the mainstream media as well.

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From Argghhh!

What I Heard Last Night: Fear and Loathing From the Left

I see we’re all busy to do much posting.

I liked last night for several reasons.  I really liked Giuliani, Huckabee and Romney.  I didn’t like all their policies all that much, but, as speakers with some wit and intelligence, you have to give them kudos in a big way.

I have to admit, I really liked Fred’s speech the other night, too.

Palin was good, but I think she could do better.  I think they actually held her back.  I think it’s one thing they are going to try hard to manage.  They want Palin to be tough and smart, but they don’t want to spoil the “hockey mom” approachability.  In short, they want her to be Hillary lite, smart and articulate, capable of handling power, but still willing to actually bake cookies and trade recipes.  Hillary got branded “angry woman” and everyone remembers the “cook book” fiasco. 

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Over at Jules Crittenden:

Pitbull with Lipstick

Quick Palin roundup starts with Gloucester teen mom’s advice to Bristol Palin, via Boston Herald: “She needs to hold her head up.”

A teen mom from Gloucester – the seaside city thrust into the international spotlight for its high school baby mamas – is urging pregnant 17-year-old Bristol Palin to “hold her head up” – and praising John McCain for standing by his running mate’s family.

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Great article over at the American Thinker:

Palin Rules, Libs Drool

A couple of hours before Sarah Palin rocked the house in St. Paul last night, I caught a few minutes of Bill O’Reilly’s interview with Sally Quinn, who is front and center among the female media elites chastising Sarah Palin for her supposed inability to manage the demands of the Vice Presidency with the role of nurturer in chief among her own brood.

We women are not known for our capacity to mind our own business.

As soon as I saw Sarah Palin take to the podium, though, Quinn and her minions’ disdain for the tough-as-nails-smooth-as-satin Alaskan governor became crystal clear.

They cannot stand her because she easily makes 4 or 5 of them.  Palin is able to accomplish, with one arm seemingly tied behind her back, more real work with less complaint than nearly all the working liberal women in America.  From liberal women, one hears nothing but complaint and woe-is-me tales of how unbearably hard their lives as women have been.

Sarah Palin doesn’t wallow; she doesn’t entertain pity for her lot.

She loves being a woman.  She loves being a mother.  She loves her husband.  She loves America.  And she certainly does not shy from hard work on the people’s behalf.

On those down-to-earth, solid-gold issues Sarah Palin made her speech last night to an all-American embrace that will not be soon forgotten.

Palin rules; Libs drool.

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