Friday, September 12, 2008

Battle for Congress Suddenly Looks Competitive.

PRINCETON, NJ -- A potential shift in fortunes for the Republicans in Congress is seen in the latest USA Today/Gallup survey, with the Democrats now leading the Republicans by just 3 percentage points, 48% to 45%, in voters' "generic ballot" preferences for Congress. This is down from consistent double-digit Democratic leads seen on this measure over the past year.

Stay Classy Obama!

The wife and I saw this ad tonight on the television machine (the wife was watching her stories) and our jaws hit the floor.

I still can't believe I actually saw this on television. They attack McCain because he doesn't use computers or email, claiming he's out of touch. Well it's true. McCain doesn't use a computer...and there's a reason for that...HE CAN"T USE HIS FREAKIN ARMS YOU MORONS! After years of torture at the hands of those enlightened progressives who ran the Hanoi Hilton he finds the use of a keyboard and mouse a tad difficult.

If the folks working at the Obama campaign knew how to use Google they would have found this:

From Forbes 05/29/00:

In certain ways, McCain was a natural Web candidate. Chairman of the Senate Telecommunications Subcommittee and regarded as the U.S. Senate's savviest technologist, McCain is an inveterate devotee of email. His nightly ritual is to read his email together with his wife, Cindy. The injuries he incurred as a Vietnam POW make it painful for McCain to type. Instead, he dictates responses that his wife types on a laptop. "She's a whiz on the keyboard, and I'm so laborious," McCain admits.

What's next, jokes about how Stevie Wonder lacks vision?

National Weather Service: Gulf Coast Residents "Face Certain Death"

Also facing certain death: Methodists, non-smokers, bears, poison ivy, puppies, left-handed dentists, Veterans of Foreign Wars, seeing eye-dogs, Paul McCartney...basically everyone not made out of cretaceous granite. Certain death is one of the facts of life.

In all seriousness though... get the heck outta there folks!

My Link Policy.

I'm easy. You don't have to buy me dinner or take me dancing. When it comes to linking to your site...all you have to do is ask and I'm yours. Your site doesn't have to be political...I'm interested in lots of different things and so are my readers. I don't particularly care if your site has racy content, though I reserve the right to delete links that I find offensive. Also if you're a friend of mine and you have a website, I want to link to it...which reminds me I need to add Amy Hampton's website to my links.

If you already link to me, let me know. I'm too dumb to actually track where my traffic comes from so if you don't point it out to me I'll probably never notice.

Drop me an email:

To cut down on spamers, in the above address AT=@.

Obama on Bill O'Reilly

Actually I think this is a pretty brave interview for Obama...Lion's den and all that. He deserves praise for that. All too many on the left argue that liberal politicians should boycott FOX on the mistaken premise that there are no swing votes to be won there.

At the end of the day though O'Reilly makes the killer point: Barack Obama has a LOT of friends that that most Americans find repulsive. His claim that somehow he was blissfully unaware of the content of Rev. Wright's sermons suggests that he's either a liar or was listening to the Bears game during the sermons (which suggests he's something of a masochist).

His relationship with Bill Ayres is so inexplicable Obama limply tries the argument that since he was eight when Ayers was busy being a terrorist, he shouldn't be held responsible for making friends with him as an adult. Pardon me but...Huh? The people you voluntarily associate with as an adult reflect on you and your decision making abilities. If you consort with evil you're frankly unfit for public office. Can anyone seriously argue that it's ok for a politician to be friends with someone who bombed abortion clinics or was a member of the Klu Klux Klan (well maybe not the Klansman since the senior member of the United States Senate is a former member-something that seems to only outrage Republicans. Go figure.)?

Now in the course of our lives we meet lots of people, some of whom may not be very nice. This is especially true of politicians. I'm sure we can all remember the photos of Donald Rumsfeld shaking hands with Saddam Hussain or of Jimmy Carter kissing Leonid Brezhnev. That doesn't mean those men actually liked one another. Still the evidence seems to be that Ayers and Obama were more than just casual acquaintances and the relationship with Wright was quite close (read Obama's autobiography if you doubt me).

Full disclosure: When I was ten my father took me to a store selling Japanese imports in Chicago. We weren't looking for kimonos or plastic samurai swords (though I got one after a little whining). We were looking for Iva Toguri D'Aquino, better known as Tokyo Rose. She was a very pleasant elderly Japanese lady. She shook my hand and welcomed me to her family's store. I was a little afraid and asked her if she really was Tokyo Rose. She smiled and said yes, though the truth was a bit more complicated. After a bit of chit chat she complemented me on my interest in history and told us she had to get back to work. It was just as well. My eyes were already being drawn to those plastic samurai swords and it was getting harder to stay interested now that that I realized she wasn't going to shout "Banzai" and try to kill me.

So for what its worth I've actually met someone who was convicted of Treason (though President Ford would later pardon her). I think that gives Obama something to shoot for.

Sarah Palin, a powerful new feminist -- yes, feminist! -- force.

Conservative though she may be, I felt that Palin represented an explosion of a brand new style of muscular American feminism. At her startling debut on that day, she was combining male and female qualities in ways that I have never seen before. And she was somehow able to seem simultaneously reassuringly traditional and gung-ho futurist. In terms of redefining the persona for female authority and leadership, Palin has made the biggest step forward in feminism since Madonna channeled the dominatrix persona of high-glam Marlene Dietrich and rammed pro-sex, pro-beauty feminism down the throats of the prissy, victim-mongering, philistine feminist establishment.