Archive for September 26th, 2008

September 26, 2008

Sarah Palin struts her stuff

Miss Alaska 1984 swimsuit competition video:

UPDATE: Damn those Jawas — beat me to the punch! Let the sexist objectification begin … er, continue!

UPDATE II: “A despicable bid to boost traffic to his blog,” says Gordon Durand. I’ll take that as a compliment.

September 26, 2008

‘We get up early to beat the crowds’

Denver Police now have a new slogan:

The Denver police union is selling T-shirts that poke fun at protesters at last month’s Democratic National Convention, but the main target isn’t laughing. The back of the shirts reads, “We get up early to beat the crowds” and “2008 DNC,” and has a caricature of a police officer holding a baton.
The front has the number 68 with a slash through it, a reference to the Recreate 68 Coalition, which organized several demonstrations during the convention.

Unfortunately, the hippie peacenik scum in Denver were such gutless weasels — not a single Molotov cocktail! — that there were scarcely any beatings at all, so that my hopes to cover a full-fledged blood-in-the-streets riot were disappointed.
Just one more reason to despise the pacifist vermin.
September 26, 2008

Tonight’s debate winner? Bob Barr!

Tonight I’ll join the staff of Reason magazine for a special event in Washington: Libertarian Party presidential candidate Bob Barr live-blogging the debate at Hit & Run.

For those who can’t make the party, they’ll be video live-streaming it at 9 p.m.

September 26, 2008

WTF? WashTimes pro-Ahmadinejad?

Daniel Halper catches recently-hired Washington Times assistant managing editor Barbara Slavin giving Mahmoud Ahmadinejad a tongue bath:

Gee, I’m glad I got out of there while the getting was good. The Jihadi Times!

September 26, 2008

Thoughts on the past 48 hours

“Anything that gets the adrenalin moving like a 440 volt blast in a copper bathtub is good for the reflexes and keeps the veins free of cholesterol … but too many adrenalin rushes in any given time-span has the same bad effect on the nervous system as too many electro-shock treatments are said to have on the brain: after a while you start burning out the circuits.”
Hunter S. Thompson, Fear and Loathing: On the Campaign Trail ’72

There was a time — and it was only a couple of months ago, when I measured the success of this blog by the number of days per month with over 1,000 visits. Now? My worst day of September, I had 3,648 visits. Adrenalin jolts . . .

September 26, 2008

ACORN bailout?

UPDATED & BUMPED: ACORN & the crisis:

Documents . . . expose hypocritical lending recommendations tied to ACORN Housing Corporation’s agreements with major banks—agreements that end up harming consumers.

Important background on ACORN. Lots of interest in this subject today.

PREVIOUSLY: Michelle Malkin reports that Chris Dodd’s counterproposal to the Paulson plan includes $100 million in “funding for the left-wing housing entitlement thugs.” The proposed legislation is here, with the “Housing Trust Fund” and the “Capital Magnet Fund” being the giveaways to the aforesaid thugs.

UPDATE II: Linked at Right Voices. Thanks.

September 26, 2008

Got cynicism?

The politics of the buyout explained:

If Pelosi has her entire caucus in line to support the Paulson plan, then she has the vote to pass it. Some estimates have as many as 50 Republicans ready to support the plan in defiance of Boehner. If that’s true, Pelosi could lose all of her Blue-Dog Democrats and still pass the bill. . . .
McCain’s going to take the blame if they can’t pass it. Pelosi doesn’t need votes, she needs political cover; Maverick can’t give her the former but, as the GOP’s nominee, he can singlehandedly give her the latter by endorsing the deal. If he doesn’t, the consequences will be laid at his feet.

Or, as I explained earlier this morning:

Barney [Frank] knows the bailout will be unpopular, and he doesn’t want to give Republicans an issue in their campaign against the most unpopular Congress in history.

This is why genuinely wretched legislation usually gets passed by bipartisan consensus — nobody will pass a bad bill if his opponents can make political hay of it.

UPDATE: Now, Maverick is saying, “We need a deal,” and Hugh Hewitt’s counseling surrender. But, look: Tell Barney Frank and Nancy Pelosi to bring their bill to the floor and put it to a vote. The Democrats have the majority, so let them pass some legislation. Let GOP members vote their conscience and see what happens.

You know what? I don’t think Nancy has the votes, and that’s why the House Republicans are getting the arm-twisting treatment. Screw this “bipartisan compromise” crap — let’s put this sucker to a roll-call vote.

Oh, and the debate is ON for tonight! Repeat: The debate is ON!

September 26, 2008

Debate & bailout updates

News coming hot and heavy now:

More Friday a.m. reactions here.

September 26, 2008

Attagirl, Trout Pout!

Becky Banks of Students for Life informs me that for the forseeable future, she’s booking all her flights as right-side aisle seats, so she can show off the massive bling on her left hand.

Becky’s longtime boyfriend, Allen Brindle, just gave her a 1.5-carat(!) engagement ring, and a wedding is planned for next fall.

You may remember Becky from this Hot Air video talking about the SFL campus conference and her favorite pundit:

When that was posted, Hot Air commenter “funky chicken” responded: “trout pout and kinda fugly.” Which prompted this response:

September 26, 2008

Arnold Kling on the bailout

(Via Reason.) “In my opinion, the proposed bailout plans could hardly be worse. . . . Nobody involved in pushing this plan knows what they’re getting into.” Kling has more at his blog.

UPDATE: Barney Frank is blaming House Republicans for blocking the bailout (via Instapundit), even though House Republicans are a minority and everybody else in Washington is in favor of the bailout.

Translation: Barney knows the bailout will be unpopular, and he doesn’t want to give Republicans an issue in their campaign against the most unpopular Congress in history.

UPDATE II: Now Obama’s cribbing from Henry Paulson:

When Sen. Barack Obama was given the floor to speak during White House negotiations, according to White House aides, he did so raising concerns about a House Republican alternative to the Paulson/Bernanke $700 billion bailout. But those concerns weren’t necessarily his, as he was not aware of the GOP plan before reviewing notes provided him by Paulson loyalists in Treasury prior to entering the meeting.
According to an Obama campaign source, the notes were passed to Obama via senior aides traveling with him, who had been emailed the document via a current Goldman Sachs employee and Wall Street fundraiser for the Obama campaign.

Hope: A stooge for Corporate AmeriKKKa!