Archive for August 22nd, 2008

August 22, 2008

Veep: Obama-Malkin ’08

Look, if he’s looking for somebody who can go on the attack against McCain, he couldn’t do better:

Here is the latest RNC radio ad for John McCain. Message: McCain fought harder for illegal alien shamnesty, so Latinos should vote for him!
Just another reminder, my friends, that the GOP establishment continues to 1) treat Hispanics as a monolithic bloc of open-borders sheep; 2) put p.c. pandering above the rule of law; and 3) thumb its nose at the conservative base in pursuit of votes they’re not going to get anyway.

Besides, she’s already in Denver, so . . .

I’ve got to take my kids to a baseball game now, so if Obama sends a text message while I’m gone, screw it.

August 22, 2008

Democrats tough on security

Michelle Malkin:

Every person inside the Pepsi Center has to have a badge with a bar code. You scan it to get in and out.
One of the few instances where the Dems believe in, and practice, tough border enforcement.

Yeah, but do they have one of these?

August 22, 2008

Olympic sex

A former Olympic athlete and journalist:

I am not implying, for one moment, that every athlete in Beijing is at it. Just that 99 per cent of them are.

One heard similar tales from Atlanta in ’96. Chicks were like NBA groupies, trying to get into the Olympic village.

August 22, 2008

‘House’ attack not new

Seems Democrats have been warming up to this class warfare attack on Maverick for a few days.

UPDATE: Team Maverick keeps up the “celebrity” attack, painting Obama as a tax-raiser:


Via Hot Air.

August 22, 2008

Denver whine-athon

DNCC press release:

The Democratic National Convention Committee (DNCC) and the Obama for America campaign today announced that everyday Americans will speak each night of the Convention in primetime to share their voices as the people who have been powering Barack Obama’s campaign for change. . . .
The speakers selected to be part of the nightly program come from across the nation, but they are all brought together through their personal stories, which address real life challenges. . . .
On Monday night, Mike and Cheryl Fisher of Indiana will speak. After years of working to provide for their three children, the Fishers are facing the possibility of Mike being laid off from his job as an Amtrak mechanic. The Fishers believe Barack Obama is the best hope because he understands what it is like to face every day economic struggles.
“I’m just a poor railroader. I’ve got a small house and a family I’m trying to raise,”
said Mike. Barack and Michelle can relate to that because of their upbringing.”

For crying out loud. Amtrak mechanic? Amtrak gets $1.9 billion — that’s “billion” with a “b” — a year in subsidies from the American taxpayer. It used to be $1.2 billion, but the Senate voted last year to increase it:

The Senate on Tuesday authorized a sharp increase in federal money for Amtrak for six years. . . .
The Senate voted, 70 to 22, for $11.4 billion, or $1.9 billion a year, up from $1.2 billion that corporation has received in recent years. . . .

So when Mike Fisher goes on stage to sing his sad song — and don’t you just know he’s probably got one of those union jobs that pays $65,000 a year with no-deductible health insurance? — just remember that his job is already subsidized with your taxes.

What next? Unemployed buggywhip makers? Bankrupt purveyors of whalebone corsets?

August 22, 2008

PollWatch update

UPDATED & BUMPED: Gallup daily reports a 1-point race, Obama 45%, McCain 44%:

The race has clearly tightened and stabilized in recent days. Obama has received exactly 45% of the vote in the past four Gallup Poll Daily tracking reports, and McCain has received 43% or 44% support.
Thus, the candidates enter the high-intensity convention phase of the campaign essentially tied. Political observers are awaiting the news of whom Obama has selected as his vice presidential running mate, which could happen at any moment.

It’s Hillary, right?

PREVIOUSLY:
Rasmussen’s Electoral College report finds a narrowing gap between Obama and McCain. For a long time, despite the closeness of the national polls, Team Obama insisted that it had a lead in swing states, which was all that mattered in the Electoral College. But widespread trends in public opinion will eventually be reflected in the state-by-state polls, and that’s the case now.

UPDATE: Rasmussen daily tracking poll shows Obama 47%, McCain 46%.

Last night’s Fox News poll had Obama 42%, McCain 39%.

In state by state polling, the Detroit Free Press has Obama ahead by 7 points in Michigan, the Reno Gazette Journal has Obama up by 1 in Nevada, and a poll by Minnesota Public Radio shows Obama up 10 points there.

August 22, 2008

OBAMA VEEP HILLARY!

Sorry, just a joke. Quick, text all your friends:

By the time Barack Obama is ready to announce his vice presidential pick, will anyone believe him?
In recent days, as speculation and anticipation has mounted, so too have phony text messages declaring Obama’s supposed running mate — from Evan Bayh and Hillary Rodham Clinton to Olympic gold medalist Michael Phelps.
It’s a cruel twist in a prolonged game of guessing that has put political junkies and Democratic supporters on edge since the campaign announced last week that it would disclose Obama’s choice through text messaging, which is expected to happen by Saturday.
In the absence of real information, pranksters have filled the gap with guidance from the website Wonkette.

Cruel, cruel summer.

August 22, 2008

Another Time cover for Obama?

Seventh time this year:

Another week, another magazine cover devoted to Democratic presidential hopeful Barack Obama.
Many bloggers vented their ire at Time magazine this week for publishing its seventh cover story on Obama in 2008 compared to only two for Republican rival John McCain. . . .
Obama and his family were featured on the cover of People magazine this month and he has also been a cover boy for GQ, Vanity Fair, Men’s Vogue and Rolling Stone, among others.

Not that there’s any bias, right? The actual article inside the magazine is a doozy:

If Barack Obama had not chosen a life in olitics, he might have made a fine psychotherapist. He is a master at taking what you’ve told him and feeding it right back. What I hear you saying is . . .
He has been called a window into the American psyche. Or you might say he’s a mirror — that you see depends on who you are and where you stand. Obama puts it this way: “I serve as a blank screen on which people of vastly different political stripes project their own views.” But those metaphors all suggest that he is some sort of passive instrument, when in fact his elusive quality is an active part of his personality.

A riddle! An enigma! A conundrum! He’s just so damned fascinating, don’t you know, as to require seven Time magazine covers in a year.
August 22, 2008

D Minus-3: Malkin in Denver

Link: sevenload.com

Via Hot Air. The complete “Recreate ’68” protest schedule is here. I just hope that VodkaPundit has already made contact with our inside sources at Shotgun Willie’s.

UPDATE: The DNCC just sent out a press release:

In an effort to give back to the community that has been such a gracious host, the Democratic National Convention Committee (DNCC) held a Community Open House at the Pepsi Center today, allowing Denver residents and students to be among the first to see the unveiling of the innovative Convention podium up close and in person. . . .
Some 1,500 Denver students visited the Convention hall for a special youth program led by Democratic National Committee (DNC) Secretary Alice Germond and DNC Director of Party Affairs, Phil McNamara, who presented a “Convention 101” lesson on the historical significance of political conventions and the role they play in the democratic process. Additionally, youth were able to see the Convention hall up-close, sit in the same seats as delegates, take photos of the podium and participate in a mock delegate voting exercise.

That’s “giving back to the community”? Letting people take a tour and see your convention stage? Like they’ve been feeding the homeless or something.

August 22, 2008

On corporal punishment

Michelle Malkin has a column today about the Left’s efforts to depict corporal punishment in U.S. schools — only 13 states still permit paddlings — as a scandal.

The real scandal? There’s not enough corporal punishment in U.S. schools, which is why these young punks are so all-fired arrogant nowadays. Either that, or they’re all doped up on Ritalin or something.

The abandonment of corporal punishment is one of the prime causes of the deterioration of American public schools. Before you can get kids to learn, you first have to get them to sit down, shut up and pay attention. It’s a waste of time trying to negotiate with the little hellions.

Have you ever seen one of these mothers in the grocery store with a hyperactive little brat who knows she won’t spank him? “Jason, please . . . no, I’m not going to buy that . . . come back over here, Jason . . .” Pathetic.

When an adult starts pleading and begging with a child, the moral order has been inverted.

Children are small, weak, helpless and dependent, and it is important that they be occasionally reminded of that fact. If a 5-year-old discovers he can yank his mother’s chain by acting up, and without suffering any real consequences for his misbehavior, it’s like giving nuclear weapons to Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.

My wife and I have six kids, and it’s surprising how often strangers will praise the good behavior of our children. It’s not really a secret how such good behavior is obtained.

Just a little example: From a very early age, if one of our children was misbehaving in church, my wife would take take them to the restroom for a spanking. So now, all she has to do, if they start acting up, is whisper, “Do you want to go to the bathroom?” and the disruption ends.

Psychologically, what makes corporal punishment effective is the child’s knowledge that he can be spanked. You don’t have to spank a child very often to convey that knowledge, but it’s important that they understand: Pain is a potential consequence.

In the confrontation between adult and child, the adult’s chief advantage is superior size and strength. To forbid corporal punishment is to deprive the adult of that advantage and thus create an artificial equality between adult and child. Once children are granted this privilege — to do whatever they want without fear that the adult will employ coercive force –it inspires in many of them a profound contempt toward adult authority.

Elites disdain corporal punishment, but elites tend to live in very secure environments, where they don’t have to encounter the consequences of their idiotic ideas.