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Obama’s “bounce”?

If, by “bounce”, you mean the exact same location at the end of the DNC convention as before, then yeah…”bounce”!  From Rasmussen:

The Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll for Sunday—the day before the Republican National Convention is scheduled to begin—shows Barack Obama ahead of John McCain by three percentage points both with and without leaners. That’s exactly the same edge Obama enjoyed a week ago on the eve of the Democratic National Convention. …

There have been significant changes in perception of John McCain in the two days of polling since he named Alaska Governor Sarah Palin as his running mate. Since then, 49% of Republicans voice a Very Favorable opinion of McCain. That’s up six percentage points from 43% just before the announcement. Also, 64% of unaffiliated voters now give positive reviews to McCain, up ten points since naming his running mate.

There has been little change in perceptions of Obama since his Thursday night speech and the Palin announcement.

Even reliably anti-GOP pollster Zogby (yeah, the same guy that said Kerry was ahead in TN in 2004, only to lose by 15%) says the same thing.

Yeah, they’re just polls, which are quasi-meaningless at this point.  But with the RNC convention scheduled for this week, that can’t make Obabykiller’s sycophants happy.  However, a hurricane that could decimate the Gulf and steal media limelight from the RNC convention will more than make the left happy.  Sickos.

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August 31, 2008 Posted by | moonbats, Obama, polls, shameful | 3 Comments

CNN: Why is Palin running for VP when she has a kid with Down’s Syndrome?

Apparently, only frumpy liberal women are allowed to have careers.  Conservative women are expected to have the man’s dinner ready when he walks in the door.  From Newsbusters:

CNN’s John Roberts, after briefly alluding to the issue of Republican vice-presidential nominee Sarah Palin’s experience he called into question earlier on Friday’s “Newsroom” program, asked correspondent Dana Bash about how the Alaska governor’s newborn son with Down’s syndrome might be affected if she were elected: “There’s also this issue that on April 18th, she gave birth to a baby with Down’s Syndrome…. Children with Down’s syndrome require an awful lot of attention. The role of Vice President, it seems to me, would take up an awful lot of her time, and it raises the issue of how much time will she have to dedicate to her newborn child?”

At least she didn’t abort her child when she discovered he would have Down’s Syndrome.  Memo to the Obamination: yes, it IS too late to abort him now.

Nope…no liberal media bias.

August 29, 2008 Posted by | media bias, Palin | 9 Comments

Notes on Gov. Sarah Palin

I’ll be the first to admit that I’ve only recently heard of her.  Considering she’s governor of our 56th state (just ask that Magellan guy running for prez on the Dem side), Barry O’s probably not that familiar with her, either.  Anywho, I listened on the radio to her bio, as well as to her speech in Ohio.  Quick notes from around the blogosphere:

  • Ed Morrissey has an excellent must-read post about the differences in experience between Obama and Palin.  Read it, but here’s a great excerpt:  “However, the nature of the experience couldn’t be more different.  Palin spent her entire political career crusading against the political machine that rules Alaska — which exists in her own Republican party.  She blew the whistle on the state GOP chair, who had abused his power on the same commission to conduct party business.  Obama, in contrast, talked a great deal about reform in Chicago but never challenged the party machine, preferring to take an easy ride as a protegé of Richard Daley instead.”
  • You knew this was coming, didn’t you?  The One is criticizing Palin for…I really couldn’t make this up if I tried…having too little experience!  Especially foreign policy experience.  Because as you know, taking a rock star tour of Europe, having a brother he never visits or talks to living in squalor in Kenya, going to elementary school in Indonesia for a little while, and visiting Pakistan once while in college are all awesome nuggets of foreign policy experience!  For those of you on the left, the prior sentence was sarcasm.
  • McCain’s camp retorts: “Governor Palin has spent her time in office shaking up government in Alaska and actually achieving results — whether it’s taking on corruption, passing ethics reform or stopping wasteful spending and the ‘bridge to nowhere.’ Senator Obama has spent his time in office running for President.”
  • Palin credits Geraldine Ferraro and the Hildebeast for “cracking the glass ceiling” for her. Heh.  Well played!  Even Ferraro’s giving McCain mad props for the pick.
  • Big O’s speech from the Acropolis-thingy yesterday just had some of its media thunder stolen.  Double “heh”!
  • Hillary’s campaign head Howard Wolfson thinks that O picking Greasy Joe will, in light of McCain’s pick of Palin, make women supporters of Hillary even madder than they already are.  If Her Former Highness were so supportive of Obama-Biden, then why is she allowing (instructing?) her staff to go out there and foment dissention like this?  Answer: because she’s not supportive, but she has to pretend like she is!  Hill needs Obama to lose in November, so she can try again in 2012.  Whether she can make that happen remains to be seen.
  • O’s team belittles her experience in a “town of 9,000”, which pretty much keeps pace with their previously stated view of “bitter, clingy” small town America.  Ace observes thusly:

    Just curious: Before Obama was a junior senator for sixteen months before he decided he knew enough to be President, he was a state legislator.

    How many people did he represent? What was the size of his district?

    And note, once again, that Palin’s experience was as the executive of that small town, the leader, the top dog, the decider, the chief law enforcement officer, whereas Obama was… a backbenching nobody in a body of hundreds, none of whom had ultimate responsibility for anything they did.

    She governed that town; Obama merely represented his district in committee.

    Oh, and he was corrupt. She wasn’t.

    I do admit he has more experience dealing with terrorists first hand… but we don’t need to talk about William Ayers and his Manson-enthusiast wife Bernadette Dohrn right now.

    Ouch!

August 29, 2008 Posted by | Hillary, hypocrisy, McCain, Obama, Palin | 12 Comments

UPDATED: Taking informal bets on McCain’s VP today

UPDATES WILL BE THROUGHOUT THE DAY, AND THIS POST WILL BE BUMPED TO THE TOP OF THE PECKING ORDER.

Juanny Mac announces his VP today.  Here are my top three predicted picks, with the odds of being picked beside their names:

1.  MN governor Tim Pawlenty: 50%

2.  AK governor Sarah Palin:  45%

3.  Mitt Romney:  3%

Pawlenty would be a great pick for a couple of reasons: more conservative than McAmnesty; younger and easier on the eyes (so the ladies tell me!); and puts MN into serious play, as most polls show O with around a 2 – 5% lead right now in MN.

Palin would also be a great pick: a female on the ticket, which could attract more women voters (especially Hilldawg supporters still chapping over her defeat and subsequent VP snub); plus, being a hottie doesn’t hurt the ticket!  Hey, I am a red-blooded American male, OK?  😀

I like Romney, and it wouldn’t bother me if he were chosen.  But I do fear that putting a Mormon on the ticket would bother (whether fair or not, rational or not) many in the Christian community.  After his great performance at Saddleback, McCain can’t jeopardize those gains.

As for the other 2%, that would be left under “Someone else who is likely to underwhelm me.”  Please, God: do NOT let it be Lieberman, Rudy, or Ridge!

What say you?

UPDATE #1 (08/29/2008 – 08:20 A.M. EST): No sooner had I finished typing this post when NBC reports that it will not be Pawlenty.  Palin, Romney, or someone else?

UPDATE #2 (08/29/2008 – 10:15 A.M. EST): FNC is reporting that Romney is supposedly out, and that a McCain supporter’s charter plane from Alaska arrived at Mac’s campaign stop in Ohio.  Read into that what you will.

UPDATE #3 (08/29/2008 – 10:26 A.M. EST): Now CNBC is reporting that a “Republican strategist” is saying that the pick is definitely Palin.  Nothing official yet, but the trend is leaning that way for now.  I do get a kick out of CNBC’s characterization of Palin as “a self-styled ‘hockey mom’ who has only been governor for a little over a year“.  Technically, it’s almost two years, but why quibble over three months? In other words, the VP candidate has been an executive for only a slightly less amount of time than a certain achievementless presidential candidate has been a federal legislator.  Presumably that extra 6 – 9 months or so makes all the difference in the world to the MSM.

UPDATE #4 (08/29/2008 – 10:36 A.M. EST): Now the Chicago fishwrap is reporting that the pick is definitely Palin.  Again, nothing official yet.

UPDATE #5 (08/29/2008 – 01:06 P.M. EST): Back from lunch, so you already know by now: it’s Gov. Palin.

August 29, 2008 Posted by | McCain, Palin | 6 Comments

Another Dem talking point destroyed: Bush McCain

Excellent piece by Dick Morris:

That’s what the Democratic convention has been doing in Denver. They are so anxious to run against Bush, their animosity is so pent up, that they persist in running against a man who is not seeking a third term. In speech after speech, the Democrats knock the Bush record and then add, lamely, that GOP candidate Sen. John McCain (Ariz.) is the same as Bush. Or they call the McCain candidacy Bush’s third term. It was no accident — or Freudian slip — when vice presidential nominee Sen. Joseph Biden (Del.) spoke of John Bush instead of George in his litany of attacks.

The truth is, of course, that McCain is the most unlike Bush of any of the Republican senators. (When Obama’s people claim that Bush and McCain voted the same 94 percent of the time, they forget that most of the votes in the Senate are unanimous.) The fact that McCain backs commending a basketball team on its victory doesn’t mean that he is in lockstep ideologically with the president.

The issues on which McCain and Bush differ are legion:

• McCain fought for campaign finance reform — McCain-Feingold — that Bush fought and ultimately signed because he had no choice.

• McCain led the battle to restrict interrogation techniques of terror suspects and to ban torture.

• McCain went with Sen. Joe Lieberman (I-Conn.) on a tough measure to curb climate change, something Bush denies is going on.

• McCain opposed the Bush tax cuts when they passed.

• McCain urged the Iraq surge, a posture Bush rejected for years before conceding its wisdom.

• McCain favors FDA regulation of tobacco and sponsored legislation to that effect, a position all but a handful of Republican Senators oppose.

• McCain’s energy bill, also with Lieberman, is a virtual blueprint for energy independence and development of alternate sources.

• After the Enron scandal, McCain introduced sweeping reforms in corporate governance and legislation to guarantee pensions and prohibit golden parachutes for executives. Bush opposed McCain’s changes and the watered-down Sarbanes-Oxley bill eventuated.

• McCain has been harshly critical of congressional overspending, particularly of budgetary earmarks, a position Bush only lately adopted (after the Democrats took over Congress).

So much for that “McSame” meme.

August 29, 2008 Posted by | McCain | 4 Comments

Economy grows at 3.3% in Q2, MSM yawns

That “recession” keeps getting put on hold, doesn’t it?  ABC News gave the story a scant 13 seconds, which as it turns out, was 13 seconds longer than the NBC and CBS nightly news broadcasts gave it.

At least the AP reported it…in a manner that describes such a robust jump as the second coming of the Great Depression.

Nope…no liberal media bias!

August 29, 2008 Posted by | economic ignorance, media bias | 1 Comment

Humor of the day

This was given to me by a Democrat friend of mine (yes, I have Dem friends!):

Research has led to the discovery of the heaviest element yet known to science. The new element, Governmentium (Gv), has one neutron, 25 assistant neutrons, 88 deputy neutrons, and 198 assistant deputy neutrons, giving it an atomic mass of 312.

These 312 particles are held together by forces called morons, which are surrounded by vast quantities of lepton-like particles called peons. Since Governmentium has no electrons, it is inert; however, it can be detected, because it impedes every action with which it comes into contact.

A minute amount of Governmentium can cause a reaction that would normally take less than a second, to take from four days to four years to complete.

Governmentium has a normal half-life of 2-6 years; it does not decay, but instead undergoes a reorganization in which a portion of the assistant neutrons and deputy neutrons exchange places.

In fact, Governmentium’s mass will actually increase over time, since each reorganization will cause more morons to become neutrons, forming isodopes.

This characteristic of moron promotion leads some scientists to believe that Governmentium is formed whenever morons reach a critical concentration. This hypothetical quantity is referred to as critical morass.

When catalyzed with money, Governmentium becomes Administratium, an element that radiates just as much energy as Governmentium since it has half as many peons but twice as many morons.

August 29, 2008 Posted by | humor, non-political | Leave a comment

Washington comPost: GOP may delay convention due to Gustav

That sure is newsworthy…but the comPost just couldn’t help itself with this crap:

For Bush and Republican presidential candidate John McCain, Gustav threatens to provide an untimely reminder of Hurricane Katrina. A new major storm along the Gulf Coast would renew memories of one of the low points of the Bush administration, while pulling public attention away from McCain’s formal coronation as the GOP presidential nominee.

Staging a convention during a major natural disaster would be a public relations challenge for either political party. But GOP officials say the burden could be especially heavy for their party, whose reputation was tarred by the Bush administration’s bungling of Katrina and its aftermath in 2005.

One narrative the left and the MSM (pardon the redundancy) still clings to is that the Katrina mess was Bush’s fault.  It has been shown exhaustively that La. Democrats (then-governor Blanco and N.O. Mayor Ray “School Bus” Nagin) dropped the ball with that.

I mean, Katrina flattened south MS and south AL, but their Republican governors implemented their plans, and it worked out fine.  Plus, Hurricane Wilma did more monetary damage to FL right after Katrina, but FL’s Republican governor had prepared well and executed the plan flawlessly.  It’s clear that incompetence struck La., but it wasn’t Bush’s.

(Sidebar: “Hurricane Andrew struck South Florida as a Category 5 storm in August 1992, and the sluggish federal response was castigated by state leaders as well as then-candidate Bill Clinton in his successful bid to defeat President George H.W. Bush that fall.” Florida had an anemic plan for Andrew, and its governor in ’92 was Lawton Chiles…a Democrat. Go figure. It’s as if Dems are so betrothed to a big federal government that that abdicate all decision-making to the feds.)

But anywho, read that excerpt again, though.  It reads like a Team Barry press conference: “For Bush and Republican presidential candidate John McCain, Gustav threatens to provide an untimely reminder of Hurricane Katrina.”  Exactly WHAT did McCain do wrong during the Katrina fallout that makes Gustav an “untimely reminder”?  WHAT did McCain do with regards to Katrina that Gustav would remind people of?  Barry O and the Dumbocrats try this whole “Bush-McCain” link, and we’re used to that, but now the comPost is getting on board.  Howard Dean must have faxed them their talking points a little late.

Nope…no liberal media bias!

August 29, 2008 Posted by | hurricanes, Louisiana, media bias | Leave a comment

Observations from the Obamessiah’s speech

According to The Hill, members of the MSM went into Barry O Cheerleader mode during The One’s speech last night.  CNN’s Wolf Blitzed said that “everyone will remember where they were when Obama made his speech.”  But no, no liberal media bias!

During O’s speech, he offered that “If John McCain wants to have a debate about who has the temperament, and judgment, to serve as the next Commander-in-Chief, that’s a debate I’m ready to have.”  Sure, it’s a debate he’s willing to have…so long as it’s not a town hall format or on a military base.

The Obamination also said “So I’ve got news for you, John McCain. We all put our country first.”  The nominee of the party that has been so heavily invested in defeat; that has so loudly overplayed our country’s setbacks in war; that has so quietly downplayed our country’s victories in war…yeah, sure they put their country first.

You guys remember that liberal bedwetter Andrew?  He was the guy who actually said that there is no “Obama as Messiah” phenomenon going on.  Add this to the pile of proof that already exists to the contrary:

Delores Register, of Oak Park, Ill., took in the scene from the back of the hall, as Obama was encircled by adoring supporters.

“It’s very emotional,” she said. “Very meaningful. Here we were eating lunch, and it was like the clouds parted and the sun was shining in.”

Pitiful.

August 29, 2008 Posted by | hypocrisy, media bias, moonbats, Obama, shameful | 2 Comments

Obama’s buddy Ayers’ first victim speaks

This part of the intro should get you to read the piece:

…Stephanopoulos then asked Obama to explain his relationship with Ayers. Obama’s answer: “The notion that somehow as a consequence of me knowing somebody who engaged in detestable acts 40 years ago, when I was eight years old, somehow reflects on me and my values, doesn’t make much sense, George.” Obama was indeed only eight in early 1970. I was only nine then, the year Ayers’s Weathermen tried to murder me.

The kid was nine when Ayers tried to kill him.  That’s not too much older than Barry O’s cutoff age for a born-alive “abortion”!

The end of the article should be the closer for you:

At the conclusion of his 2001 Times interview, Ayers said of his upbringing and subsequent radicalization: “I was a child of privilege and I woke up to a world on fire.”

Funny thing, Bill: one night, so did I.

But according to The One of Superior Judgment, Ayers is just a “mainstream” American.  If, by “mainstream”, you mean a pyromaniacal domestic terrorist, then yeah…”mainstream”!

August 28, 2008 Posted by | moonbats, Obama, shameful | 1 Comment

Obama’s jackbooted administration, the precursor

The One has mighty thin skin these days.  First, he threatens TV stations and networks with criminal investigations if they dare to run truthful ads that link him to domestic terrorist Bill Ayers.  Then, he goes after GOP donors who haven’t swigged his Kool-Aid.  Now, there’s this:

Sen. Barack Obama’s campaign organized its supporters Wednesday night to confront Tribune-owned WGN-AM in Chicago for having a critic of the Illinois Democrat on its air.

“WGN radio is giving right-wing hatchet man Stanley Kurtz a forum to air his baseless, fear-mongering terrorist smears,” Obama’s campaign wrote in an e-mail to supporters. “He’s currently scheduled to spend a solid two-hour block from 9:00 to 11:00 p.m. pushing lies, distortions, and manipulations about Barack and University of Illinois professor William Ayers.”

Kurtz, a conservative writer, recently wrote an article for the National Review that looked at Obama’s ties to Ayers, a former 1960s radical who later emerged as a school reform advocate in Chicago.

The magazine had been blocked in its initial attempts to obtain records from the University of Illinois at Chicago regarding a school reform initiative called the Chicago Annenberg Challenge, which Obama chaired and Ayers co-founded.

Obama critics were quick to suggest that political clout could be involved in seeking to protect Obama from embarrassment. The school later reserved its position and made the records available Tuesday.

On Wednesday evening, Obama’s campaign urged supporters to call the radio station to complain.

“Tell WGN that by providing Kurtz with airtime, they are legitimizing baseless attacks from a smear-merchant and lowering the standards of political discourse,” the note said.  (Apparently, calling someone a “smear-merchant” does not “lower the standards of political discourse”, does it? – Ed.

“It is absolutely unacceptable that WGN would give a slimy character assassin (Here’s guessing the irony of that expression is lost on the morons running O’s campaign. – Ed.) like Kurtz time for his divisive, destructive ranting on our public airwaves,” the note continued. “At the very least, they should offer sane, honest rebuttal to every one of Kurtz’s lies.”

OK, good point.  The radio show could have at least allowed O’s side some rebuttal time.  Well…

Christenson said the Obama campaign was asked to have someone appear on the show and declined the request.

“He got into the files just yesterday, so we wanted to have him on to find out what he found. And, if at all possible, we wanted to get the Obama campaign, to get their side of the story,” Christenson said. “That’s why the uproar is kind of amazing, because we wanted the Obama campaign’s take as well.”

Obama’s campaign has launched similar offensives against stations that have run campaign ads that it did not like.

Interesting that the Obamessiah accuses the president of using heavy-handed tactics to squash dissent (with little evidence that this has happened), yet O as a candidate is trying to get the DOJ and their other thugs to do the same thing they accuse Bu$hitler McCheneyburton of doing.  It makes you wonder how a (God help us) President Obama would use the DOJ in his administration, with the full power of the federal government at his disposal.

August 28, 2008 Posted by | corruption, media bias, Obama, shameful | 10 Comments

Obama more leftist than originally realized

He was so far left on abortion that he actually voted to defend infanticide (a vote he is desperately trying to lie his way out of these days).  But dude, this is something else:

Sen. Barack Obama will portray himself Thursday night as an agent of change for mainstream America, but his eight-year voting record in the Illinois Senate shows the Democrat was on occasion an agent of isolation who took stands – particularly on anti-crime legislation – that put him to the left of his own party.

Mr. Obama was the only member of the state Senate to vote against a bill to prohibit the early release of convicted criminal sexual abusers; was among only four who voted against bills to toughen criminal sentences and to increase penalties for “gangbangers” and dealers of Ecstasy; and voted “present” on a bill making it harder for abusive parents to regain custody of their children, a Washington Times review of Illinois legislative records shows.

“On the one hand, I give him credit for being true to his beliefs. But certainly with concerns that there were, even for his own party in Illinois, he would be to the left on some of those key votes,” said Illinois state Sen. Dave Syverson, a conservative Republican.

Well, at least he stopped voting Commie since joining the U.S. Senate. Yeah, right:

The pattern has continued since Mr. Obama joined the U.S. Senate, according to National Journal magazine.

Its respected legislative scorecard rated the Illinois Democrat, based on his 2007 voting record, as the most liberal member of the Senate, even more liberal than Sen. Bernard Sanders of Vermont, a self-described “democratic socialist.” (Isn’t that a redundancy? – Ed.)  Mr. Obama ranked No. 16 and No. 10 in the previous two years.

His running mate, Sen. Joseph R. Biden Jr. of Delaware, ranked third in the 2007 National Journal survey, with only Sen. Edward M. Kennedy between him and Mr. Obama.

When you’ve topped Ted Kennedrunk on the liberal scale, you’ve really achieved something (and in O’s case, that may be his only achievement).

August 28, 2008 Posted by | big government, Obama, socialism | 4 Comments

Democrats’ own platform calls for socialism

From RCP:

The Democrats have titled their party platform, “Renewing America’s Promise.”

A more honest and accurate title would be, “We’ll Give You More.”

The soul of the Democratic philosophy is summed up in this passage from the platform: “For decades, Americans have been told to act for ourselves, by ourselves, on our own. Democrats reject this recipe for division and failure.

Their own words, my friends.  Not only do Ted Kennedrunk and the Hilldawg openly engage in a war on individualism, but their party has codified that sentiment into its platform.  Only government can make things right in your life, because you’re just too stupid to do it for yourself.  Continuing:

Note the disdain for the ethos of self-responsibility. Democrats do not merely regard it as insufficient. Instead they regard the idea that people should provide for themselves as divisive.

Even more significantly, Democrats regard self-responsibility as a “recipe for failure.” In other words, Democrats don’t think the American people are capable of making it on their own.

And so, Democrats have a government program for, well, everything.

Democrats want government to help you raise your kids, send them to college, train and retrain for a job, buy a home and save for retirement.

They must be saving the burial assistance program for 2012.

If you want an abortion or want to keep the child (or in Obama’s case, you want to kill the child – Ed.), it doesn’t matter.

Democrats want taxpayers to help pay for it either way.

Indeed they do.  Marx would be proud, were he not roasting in Hell right now.

August 28, 2008 Posted by | big government, socialism | 1 Comment

Michelle Obama: Yep, hubby supports amnesty

From Shelly O:

Hispanics should not have to live in fear of raids by immigration agents, Michelle Obama told a Hispanic caucus to the Democratic National Convention on Wednesday.

Her husband, Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama, wants to reform immigration policies and provide illegal immigrants a path to citizenship, she said.

“We would have an immigration policy that brings 12 million people out of the shadows,” she told cheering caucus members who shouted “Yes we can” in Spanish.

Still avoiding the word “illegal”?  Let me clarify this for you: If you are Hispanic and are not here illegally, then you have no need to fear raids from immigration officials.  If you are here illegally, then you have no need to fear raids from immigration officials if you simply get the hell out of the country!  There…problem solved.

August 28, 2008 Posted by | illegal immigration, Obama | 4 Comments

Laugher of the day, Bubba edition

BEVERAGE ALERT!  Put down your morning joe before reading this from Allahpundit:

Contrary to reports, it wasn’t the song playing while he was leaving; that was “Beautiful Day” by U2. Only after he had safely gone did they kick into [Robert Palmer’s “Addicted to Love”] … just as the camera panned to Hillary. Oy.

Exit question: One last middle finger from Team Barry? Keep Chaos alive!

Irony…it’s not just for breakfast anymore!  😆

August 28, 2008 Posted by | Bill Clinton, Hillary, irony | 3 Comments

California tries to destroy its economy once and for all

The Eagles were ahead of their time with Hotel California.  “You can check out any time you like, but you can never leave!”  From TaxProf:

A California activist is trying to gather the 694,354 signatures needed to place a tax initiative on the ballot that would:

  • Impose a new 35% income surtax (in addition to federal taxes and the existing 10.3% top state rate) — 17.5% (on all of the taxpayer’s income) when income exceeds $150,000 (single)/$250,000 (joint), and an additional 17.5% (again, on all of the taxpayer’s income) when income exceeds $350,000 (single)/$500,000 (joint).
  • Impose a one-time 55% wealth tax on assets exceeding $20 million held by a California resident or held in California by nonresident.
  • Impose an exit tax of between 36.5% to 54.3% on both income and unrealized appreciation in asset values over $5 million when a resident dies or leaves California.

Let that sink in for a moment: you are incredibly successful, living in CA, and one day you’ve decided that you’re tired of being taxed through the teeth to fund the deadbeats living off the public teat in Californiastan.  So, you do what got you rich in the first place (hint: it’s not marrying a ketchup heiress): you use your noggin.  Economic literacy tells you that it makes better sense to move to less tax-oppressive states that don’t want to punish you for being successful.  CA’s response?  “How dare you!  We’ll tax you through the nose on your way out!”

Until the people of Californiastan get their collective heads out of their Marxist backsides, they will continue their seemingly unstoppable slide into bankruptcy.  And I, for one, will laugh myself sore when it happens.

August 27, 2008 Posted by | big government, California, economic ignorance, socialism, taxes | 5 Comments

Obama’s Zeus-like temple setting

But hey, don’t go thinking that the guy is a narcissistic egomaniacal elitist with a God complex and a gi-normous sense of entitlement, m’kay?  From Rick Klein of ABC News’ blog:

So all the buzz today was supposed to be about two big Wednesday speeches — Bill Clinton’s and Joe Biden.

Why, then, is everyone in Denver talking about stagecraft?

It’s simple: Reporters got their first glimpse of the stage where Barack Obama will deliver his speech tomorrow night at Invesco Field. Reuters described the set as similar to a “Greek temple.”

Thus a legend — not the good kind — was born.

Said one Democrat: “This is a disaster of mythical proportions.” Said another: “It’s not enough that he wants to be president — he wants to be Zeus.” Said the first: “Will he send down thunderbolts from the mountain?”

Those are the Democrats — though assuredly not Obama partisans. Cue the Republicans: The RNC blasted around an e-mail referring to the “Temple of Obama.”

“Tomorrow you’re going to see Obama come down from Olympus to be among us mere mortals,” Michael Steele, the former lieutenant governor of Maryland, told reporters in Denver.

If The One is Zeus, then I suppose that moonbat old bag he’s married to is Hera.

You know, it’s probably a good thing he moved his speech to Invesco Field: I doubt any indoor facility would be big enough to house that massive ego of his.

August 27, 2008 Posted by | Obama, shameful | 5 Comments

Quote of the day, “Hope” and “change” and “unity” edition

From the Obamination’s spokesdude:

Obama campaign chief of staff Jim Messina slams McCain in a meeting with Iowa Democrats.

Speaking of McCain’s home state of Arizona, says: “If Senator McCain continues to be the schmuck he’s being, we’re going to play there, you know, and go tell some truth.”

Not very Messiah-like, is it?  Or am I racist for pointing out that Sen. Hopenchange’s resorting to name-calling is not exactly what you would call a diplomatic way to campaign?

Maybe by using the word “schmuck”, Barry O’s trying to display his Jewish street cred AND appeal to the moonbat base that makes up the bulk of his party, all at the same time.  Friggin’ brilliant, O.

August 27, 2008 Posted by | McCain, Obama, quote of the day, shameful | Leave a comment

Dem brownshirts have ABC reporter jailed

Someone remind me again how Bush is the one who is the heavy-handed tyrant?  Man, those Dems sure are thin-skinned these days, aren’t they?  Anywho, from ABC News:

Police in Denver arrested an ABC News producer today as he and a camera crew were attempting to take pictures on a public sidewalk of Democratic Senators and VIP donors leaving a private meeting at the Brown Palace Hotel.

Police on the scene refused to tell ABC lawyers the charges against the producer, Asa Eslocker, who works with the ABC News investigative unit.

It was two hours later when Denver police arrived to place Eslocker under arrest, apparently based on a complaint from the Brown Palace Hotel, a central location for Democratic officials.

During the arrest, one of the officers can be heard saying to Eslocker, “You’re lucky I didn’t knock the f..k out of you.”

Eslocker was released late today after posting $500 bond.

Eslocker and his ABC News colleagues are spending the week investigating the role of corporate lobbyists and wealthy donors at the convention for a series of Money Trail reports on ABC World News with Charles Gibson.

Exit question #1: Is it a violation of Godwin’s Law to compare these tactics to a certain party in 1930’s and 1940’s Germany?  Just sayin’…

Exit question #2:  Is this blatant disregard for the First Amendment, as well as the tendency to want to sue/jail a perceived political threat, what we can expect from Senator Hopenchange should he get elected?

August 27, 2008 Posted by | corruption, shameful, tolerance | 5 Comments

Pelosi: “Can we drill your brains?”

San Fran Nan, as boorish as she is ditzy.  From Politico:

House Democratic leaders and protesters waving McCain signs had a war of words Tuesday at a press event outside an old train station. The demonstrators interrupted House Speaker Nancy Pelosi with chants of “Drill here! Drill now!”

Pelosi paused and asked the group, “Right here?”

Seeming to enjoy the back and forth, she followed with another question: “Can we drill your brains?”

She went on to refer to the protesters, who continued to chant sporadically, as “handmaidens of Big Oil.” Arguing that increased offshore drilling would reduce gas prices by only a couple of pennies a decade from now, she referred to the demonstrators as the “2-cents-in-10-years-crowd.”

Cut her a little slack for talking about drilling.  She hasn’t been “drilled” since the Nixon administration!  No doubt she thinks that the 70% of Americans who support drilling must need lobotomies, too.

Besides, her “2-cents-in-10-years” is another shining example of that Marxist moonbat’s economic ignorance.  Only a fool would think that talking about drilling would drop the price of oil over $30 a barrel and nearly 50 cents a gallon (which it has, in just over a month) but actually getting oil would reduce the cost of gas by only two cents in a decade.

Her dog-washer Steny Hoyer weighed in, too:

Majority Leader Steny H. Hoyer swiped at the demonstrators, too, saying that “sophomoric chanting” won’t solve the energy crisis and that “all thinking Americans know” — stressing the word “thinking” and looking at the crowd — that America doesn’t have a quarter of the word’s fossil fuels yet uses a quarter of the world’s energy.

I wonder if Hoyer considers the 70% of Americans who support drilling as “thinking Americans”.  While “sophomoric chanting won’t solve the energy crisis”, apparently Hoyer thinks that tire gauges and begging the Saudis for more oil will solve it.

August 27, 2008 Posted by | economic ignorance, oil, Pelosi | 1 Comment

Bubba undercuts Obama at convention

Excuse me, waiter?  Could I get an extra large Awesome burger, with extra Awesome sauce, and a jumbo order of Awesomely Awesome fries?  From The Hill:

Bill Clinton appeared to undermine Sen. Barack Obama again Tuesday. 

The former president, speaking in Denver, posed a hypothetical question in which he seemed to suggest that that the Democratic Party was making a mistake in choosing Obama as its presidential nominee.

He said: “Suppose for example you’re a voter. And you’ve got candidate X and candidate Y. Candidate X agrees with you on everything, but you don’t think that person can deliver on anything. Candidate Y disagrees with you on half the issues, but you believe that on the other half, the candidate will be able to deliver. For whom would you vote?”

Then, perhaps mindful of how his off-the-cuff remarks might be taken, Clinton added after a pause: “This has nothing to do with what’s going on now.”  (Of course not!  Who could possibly conclude such a thing? – Ed.)

Heh.  Here’s another laugher from the former intern-diddler-in-chief:

The former president talked about the importance of a politician being able to deliver on his promises following an electoral victory and how voters factor in that ability to deliver when picking their candidate.

Yeah, Bubba was all about those campaign promises.  You know, like “if elected, I’ll give the middle class a tax cut”, only to tell them after he was elected that said tax cut “couldn’t be afforded…sorry about that!”  Then there was the whole “gays in the military” thing he was going to allow, only to (thankfully) cave on that one.  Yessirree, Bubba is a fine one to talk about “delivering on promises” after getting elected.

Finally, here’s another bit:

Now in a convention that continues to be racked with stories and questions about how unified the Democratic Party truly is, Clinton’s appearance Wednesday — and his tendency to go off the teleprompter — has some Democrats very nervous.

I don’t know how to break it to those Mensa types at the DNC, but if there’s anyone they need to fear straying from the teleprompter, it’s their gaffe-tastic nominee.

Anywho, someone pass the popcorn.  This whole “unity” facade is more entertaining than playing a game of “pin the bacon on the Koran at Gitmo”!

August 27, 2008 Posted by | Bill Clinton, Obama | 3 Comments

Obama allows mob-loan dude to speak at his convention

Look who gets a speaking slot at the DNC convention!  From Ed Morrissey:

I wrote about this strange and murky story last September at Captain’s Quarters.  [Illinois state treasurer Alexi] Giannoulias approved millions of dollars in loans from his family’s bank to Michael “Jaws” Giordano after the latter got convicted on federal charges relating to bookmaking and prostitution in 2004.  The loans paid for a casino fleet in Florida in 2005, an odd risk to take for someone who had a record as a pimp and a bookie.

Giannoulias got such a bad reputation that even senior Illinois Democrats refused to endorse him when he won the nomination for his position.  However, Obama — the supposed “reform” politician — not just endorsed him but helped him to victory.  Obviously, Giannoulias wants to return the favor.

Yet another example in a long line of examples of “superior judgment”!

Predictable exit quip: “This is not the mob-connected loan officer I thought I knew.”

August 27, 2008 Posted by | corruption, Obama | 2 Comments

Christian AND pro-choice?

Last week, San Fran Nan opined that the Catholic church didn’t quite understand abortion properly.  She attempted to set the church straight, but as her colleagues demonstrated, she is either woefully uninformed or lying through her teeth.

This begs the question: can a person be a born-again Christian and pro-choice?  Well, quite simply…no!

Hey, I understand the reality that abortion is legal, and it likely will be legal for quite some time.  To the best of my knowledge, the only way to make the practice illegal is either by (a) passing a constitutional amendment banning abortion (highly unlikely, given the supermajorities needed for that); or (b) passing a law banning it, having the law declared unconstitutional, and getting the U.S. Supreme Court to overturn Roe v. Wade on appeal (highly improbable, but probably slightly more doable than the former option).  In other words, abortion is going to be legal for the foreseeable future.

Having said that, you cannot be a born-again Christian and be pro-choice.  A politician that claims to be both is a false prophet and bears “rotten fruit” (spiritually speaking).  Just because the world says it’s OK doesn’t mean that God does.  The Nuremberg defense won’t work on Judgment Day.

If you’re not a Christian, then this fact shouldn’t bother you.  And if you’re a true born-again Christian…then this fact shouldn’t bother you, either.

August 27, 2008 Posted by | abortion, Christianity, Pelosi | 4 Comments

Ron Paul endorses Congressman “Bridge to Nowhere”

Here’s something that ought to drive the Paultards nuttier than they already are: Ron Paul (R-TX) is endorsing Congressman Don Young (Porkster-AK) in an Alaskan GOP primary.  For those of you who don’t recall, Don Young is the author of the quarter-billion-dollar “Bridge to Nowhere” pork proposal in Alaska, and is currently under federal investigation.

See, Ron Paul is a former big-L Libertarian but has been in Congress as a small-l libertarian Republican.  One of Paul’s alleged pet peeves is pork.  Supposedly, the libertarian in him despises pork with a bitter passion.  Actually, that’s one of (if not the only) things I’ve liked about Paul.  It’s been a staple of Paul’s public image, since he has voted against numerous bills and budgets that had more pork than a Rosie O’Donnell cookout.

Well, guess what?  Paul’s a fraud!  Though his anti-Semitism and his batshiite crazy ways may not have embarrassed Captain Kook’s supporters, one would think this just might do it.

In addition to his hypocrisy on pork via his support for Young, there’s also this:

By endorsing Congressman Don Young (R-Alaska) for reelection over his principled conservative challenger, Congressman Ron Paul (R-Texas) has put “pork ahead of principle,” Richard A. Viguerie said.

Viguerie, Chairman of ConservativeHQ.com, said the endorsement is “completely inconsistent with everything Congressman Paul has said that he stands for. But, unfortunately, it is consistent with his record of pork-barrel spending for the folks back home in his district.”

 

Viguerie noted that, according to a recent article in the Houston Chronicle, Paul “is trying to nab public money for 65 projects, such as marketing wild shrimp and renovating the old movie theater in Edna that closed in 1977 — neither of which is envisioned in the Constitution as an essential government function.

All of Paul’s pork requests are here.

You drank the Kool-Aid, Paulnuts…you were Jim Jones’d real good.

August 26, 2008 Posted by | hypocrisy, libertarian, pork, Ron Paul | 1 Comment

Dems’ identity politics finally bites them in the posterior

From Neal Boortz:

Attempts to unite the Democrat Party (a big theme here in Denver) have been put on hold while the media figures out what to make of this “Uncle Tom” moment. What happened was that a black Barack Obama delegate apparently called a black Hillary Clinton supporter an “Uncle Tom.”

The conversation took place Saturday night in a hotel lobby in Denver. Delmarie Cobb of Chicago says that Illinois Senate President Emil Jones called her the slur for supporting Hillary Clinton. Jones initially denied calling Cobb an “Uncle Tom” but then tried telling reporters that he called her a “doubting Thomas” and Cobb misheard the comment.

Now the Illinois’ Nation Organization for Women is calling on Jones to resign immediately from the Illinois state Senate for the comment.

If you read the history of The Chosen One’s rise in the Chicago political machine you’ll see the name of Emil Jones everywhere. He’s a old-style Chicago politician who was instrumental in Barack’s political success. The media used to excoriate the Chicago political machine, but no more … not now that the machine’s greatest political success is the Democrat nominee.

Meanwhile, Hillary Clinton is trying to restore party unity … again, one of the themes for the week (besides John McCain’s houses). Members of the Congressional Black Caucus say that Hillary plans to release her pledged delegates to Obama, which “would help Democrats present a unified face to the nation after a primary marked by calls of racism and sexism.” The move is officially expected to happen on Wednesday.

When your party exists to foment identity victimhood, there will inevitably be moments like this.  Serves those jerks right.

August 26, 2008 Posted by | bigotry, feminism, Obama | 2 Comments

Obama asks DOJ to stop anti-Obama ad

Remember how the left has been petrified for nearly a decade that the Bu$hitler McCheneyburton DOJ would be called upon to stifle free speech?  Well, as luck would have it, the left was right…just not in the manner they expected.  From Politico:

Sen. Barack Obama has launched an all-out effort to block a Republican billionaire’s efforts to tie him to domestic and foreign terrorists in a wave of negative television ads.

Obama’s campaign has written the Department of Justice demanding a criminal investigation of the “American Issues Project,” the vehicle through which Dallas investor Harold Simmons is financing the advertisements. The Obama campaign — and tens of thousands of supporters — also is pressuring television networks and affiliates to reject the ads. The effort has met with some success: CNN and Fox News are not airing the attacks.

Wait…I thought Fox News was a tool of the right?  Anywho, continuing:

Bauer’s letter called on the Justice Department to open “an investigation of the American Issues Project; its officers and directors; and its anonymous donors, whoever they may be.”

The Obama campaign plans to punish the stations that air the ad financially, an Obama aide said, organizing his supporters to target the stations that air it and their advertisers. 

If that’s not a stunning example of fascism by a presidential candidate who doesn’t give a wet fart on a dry January Monday about the First Amendment, I really don’t know what is.

What’s so objectionable about the ad?

The ad focuses on Obama’s relationship with Bill Ayers, a Hyde Park acquaintance at whose home Obama attended a gathering early in his political career. Ayers is a complicated figure: professor and adviser to the mayor of Chicago despite not having repented his past as a domestic terrorist with the Weather Underground.

If, by “Ayers is a complicated figure”, they mean “an unrepentant domestic terrorist”, then yeah…”complicated”!

Anemic retort from The One:

Obama has launched a response ad, which addresses McCain directly, and will air in Ohio, Tracey said. “With all our problems, why is John McCain talking about the ’60s, trying to link Barack Obama to radical Bill Ayers?” says Obama’s ad. “McCain knows Obama denounced Ayers’ crimes, committed when Obama was just 8 years old.” 

Response from the McCain campaign:

“The fact that [Obama] is launching his own convention by defending his long association with a man who says he didn’t bomb enough U.S. targets tells us more about Barack Obama than any of tonight’s speeches will,” said McCain spokesman Brian Rogers. 

Darn right.

The Obamination’s assertion that he should be absolved of his poor judgment (associating with Bill Ayers) because O was only eight when Ayers was happily bombing America is patently absurd.  Let’s say that I’m pals with Charles Manson.  Before you call me a sicko for being friends with Manson, let me remind you that I wasn’t even born when Manson and his minions went on their rampage, m’kay?  So step off!

Anywho, as you can see, it’s not the right that works to stifle free speech in the country…it’s the thin-skinned reality-averse left.

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The Obamination looks down his nose on the First Amendment

August 26, 2008 Posted by | McCain, Obama, shameful | 8 Comments

Kos kooks: McCain is a tool for the Jooooooooooooooos!

Per my policy, I shan’t link to the moonbats’ blogs.  But feel free to find it yourself.  Excerpt:

Such heart-warming news! High level Republican associates here are talking about the latest ploy on the part of the State of Israel to gain complete control of the United States government. Their idea is to offer the diseased McCain unlimited support from their papers and television stations in return for his putting Joe Lieberman on the ticket as vice president. As McCain is known to be seriously ill and will soon be unable to function, the plan will be for him to retire “for reasons of health” and then Joe Lieberman, loud and persistent Israeli supporter, will step into the Oval Office and America will have her first (unelected) Jewish president.

Somewhere in America, a serious shortage of industrial strength meds exists.

August 26, 2008 Posted by | anti-Semitism, moonbats | 3 Comments

Michelle Obama finally loves her country

Excerpt from Shelly O’s speech:

That is the thread that connects our hearts. That is the thread that runs through my journey and Barack’s journey and so many other improbable journeys that have brought us here tonight, where the current of history meets this new tide of hope.

That is why I love this country.

What a difference a few months makes, no?  She went from just recently being proud of this country (a country that she described as “mean”) to practically oozing stars and stripes, baseball and apple pie!  Why, it’s as if this wasn’t a genuine display of emotion, but a well-rehearsed delivery of pap!

At least she ended it on a very non-Wright note:

Thank you, God bless you, and God bless America.

Sure beats “God d#mn America”, doesn’t it?

August 26, 2008 Posted by | moonbats, Obama | 6 Comments

Left’s spin: Biden’s racism an “asset”

The left and the MSM (pardon the redundancy) are already in spin cycle mode over the selection of Greasy Joe Biden to The One’s campaign.  From Ace:

There is spin, and then there is spin: a CNBC/NYT reporter claims that Joe Biden’s occasional bursts of old-school dumb-but-not-hateful racism are actually “refreshing” and “an asset.”

Need I remind anyone that for months the left has been DaVinci Codebreaking every John McCain advertisement for so-called “coded racism.” And they were not praising such “coded racism” as “refreshing” or charming in the least.

Rather the opposite.

But when Joe Biden is genuinely, pleasantly surprised that an African-American manages to wash himself on occasion, it’s a good thing! It just shows, I guess, that he’s “relatable” to all those Racist Older White voters. I guess the idea is that Joe Biden can make the case, “Hey, I’m as surprised as you all are to be running with a darkie. But I have to tell you — he’s one of the ‘good ones,’ like Cosby or Byron Allen. He’s like the new, family-friendly Ice Cube, not the old, angry Ice Cube that your daughter would date to get back at you for not buying her that Mini Cooper she wanted.”

Brilliant.

There’s more, and it’s all good stuff.  I know, I know…that’s two from Ace today.  Sorry, but the guy nails it, plus he’s funny as heck…deal with it.  🙂

August 25, 2008 Posted by | Biden, bigotry, hypocrisy, media bias, shameful | 1 Comment

Quote of the day, Biden edition

BEVERAGE ALERT!  Ace has this to say about The One’s apostle, the gaffe-o-meter Greasy Joe:

Joe Biden is a scatterbrained and socially awkward guy. He’s the guy at the party who announces, out of nowhere, “I just had some subcutaneous fat injected into my penis to increase its girth, so that’s pretty good.”

And then… the uncomfortable silence as everyone takes keen regard of their shoes and watches.

We’re gonna have fun.

😆

August 25, 2008 Posted by | Biden, quote of the day | 1 Comment