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New Obama ad: McCain not liked by MSM

Wow…The One of Supremely Thin Skin is whining like a scolded child (one that didn’t get an Obama-style post-birth abortion) that Old Man Mac sure is being mean.  Because, you know, Mac’s “pig with lipstick” veep attacks and “Tee-hee-hee, Mac can’t use a computer ‘cuz the Viet Cong broke his arms” ads are not beyond the pale, right?

Anywho, this new ad where The Chosen One calls McCain “dishonorable” will probably go over as well as a fart in church.  Even Mickey Kaus of Slate (not exactly a conservative) thinks the ad is a loser’s ad.  It’s especially hilarious in that the ad cites examples of liberal media’s chides of McCain as “proof” that McCain’s been less than truthful.  Good point, because Americans aren’t prone to believe that the MSM is drinking the Obama Kool-Aid, right?

With PAMN, and MI in play, and now even NY and NJ not as safe as expected, no wonder Team O is more nervous than Ted Kennedy taking a breathalyzer test.

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September 15, 2008 Posted by | McCain, media bias, Obama | 4 Comments

Night and Day, “Gibson’s interviews” edition

Via Say Anything.  Obama’s questions:

How does it feel to break a glass ceiling?
How does it feel to “win”?
How does your family feel about your “winning” breaking a glass ceiling?
Who will be your VP?
Should you choose Hillary Clinton as VP?
Will you accept public finance?
What issues is your campaign about?
Will you visit Iraq?
Will you debate McCain at a town hall?
What did you think of your competitor’s [Clinton] speech? 

Palin’s questions:

Do you have enough qualifications for the job you’re seeking? Specifically have you visited foreign countries and met foreign leaders?
Aren’t you conceited to be seeking this high level job?
Questions about foreign policy
-territorial integrity of Georgia
-allowing Georgia and Ukraine to be members of NATO
-NATO treaty
-Iranian nuclear threat
-what to do if Israel attacks Iran
-Al Qaeda motivations
-the Bush Doctrine
-attacking terrorists harbored by Pakistan
Is America fighting a holy war? [misquoted Palin]

Remarks Rob:

So Obama gets “how does it feel to win” and “what did you think of Hillary’s speech.” Palin gets questions about the territorial integrity of Georgia.

Fair? Balanced? Objective? Not even a little bit.

Meanwhile, at Newsbusters they have the portions of Palin’s interview with Gibson that ABC edited out of its broadcast:

A transcript of the unedited interview of Sarah Palin by Charles Gibson clearly shows that ABC News edited out crucial portions of the interview that showed Palin as knowledgeable or presented her answers out of context.

Nope…no liberal media bias!

September 15, 2008 Posted by | media bias, Obama, Palin | 3 Comments

Economics 101 for blue states

Two of the bluest states in the union, CA nd NY, have huge budget deficits and plan on addressing them by raising taxes.  Not the best approach, to say the least.  From WSJ:

Anyone who thinks the path to “fiscal discipline” is through higher taxes ought to look at the current budget spectacles in New York and California. The two liberal states have among the highest tax burdens in the country, yet both now find themselves with huge budget deficits and are debating still higher taxes to close the gap.

California has the highest state income tax rate in the country (10.3%), while New York State also has a high income tax rate (6.85%), with the combined state and city rate rising to 10.5% in New York City. Their overall government spending totals also happen to top the national charts. And, what do you know, California is $15 billion in the red this year while New York is trying to close a $6.4 billion 2009 budget hole, which budget expert E.J. McMahon of the Manhattan Institute expects to grow to $26 billion over three years.

California hasn’t even passed a budget yet, many weeks into the fiscal year. The Democrats in Sacramento have proposed a series of new taxes on businesses and individuals with incomes above $1 million. Their plan would raise the top income tax rate to 12%, which would be the highest in the nation. They would also repeal a tax law allowing businesses to carry forward losses against future profits.

A similar mess is playing out in Albany, where Assembly Democrats and Republicans have passed a budget with two added tax rates. Millionaires would face a one-percentage-point rate income tax hike (to 11.5% in New York City), while anyone making more than $5 million would get hit with another 0.85-point hike (to 12.35% in NYC). A new business tax of 4% would also apply to hedge fund managers.

And what happens to those vile, evil rich when you jack their taxes up even higher to fund the nanny state?  Well, they don’t like it very much…go figure!

The “progressives” who dominate politics in these states target the rich on grounds that they have the ability to pay. They also have the ability to leave. From 1997-2006, New York State lost 409,000 people (not counting foreign immigrants). For every two people who move into the state, three flee. Maybe the problem for New York is merely bad weather, not high taxes.

Except that sunny California is experiencing a similar exodus. Over the past decade 1.32 million more native-born Americans left the Golden State than moved in — despite beaches, mountains and 70-degree weather. Mostly the people who have fled are the successful, the talented and the rich.

I’m sure those numbers are simply inflated due to their large populations, right?  Nope.

If taxes don’t matter, then maybe someone can explain the divergent economic paths of California and New York and America’s two other most populous states, Florida and Texas. The latter two states have no personal income tax. Personal income has been growing about 50% faster in Florida and Texas than in California and New York. (See chart.) This year Texas became the No. 1 state for Fortune 500 corporate headquarters. About a dozen of those 58 corporations once called New York or California home, and taxes are one reason they departed.

Atlas is shrugging in CA and NY, and as long as the economically illiterate rubes continue running those states in the same way, the results will be the same.

Attention, liberals: The numbers don’t lie.

September 15, 2008 Posted by | big government, California, economic ignorance, Florida, New York, taxes, Texas | 4 Comments

Islamification of the UK complete

And the left wants us to emulate the Euros?  No thanks!  From the UK:

ISLAMIC law has been officially adopted in Britain, with sharia courts given powers to rule on Muslim civil cases.

The government has quietly sanctioned the powers for sharia judges to rule on cases ranging from divorce and financial disputes to those involving domestic violence.

Rulings issued by a network of five sharia courts are enforceable with the full power of the judicial system, through the county courts or High Court.

In the six cases of domestic violence, Siddiqi said the judges ordered the husbands to take anger management classes and mentoring from community elders. There was no further punishment.

In each case, the women subsequently withdrew the complaints they had lodged with the police and the police stopped their investigations.

Congrats, Brits.  Your dhimmitude is unparallelled.

September 15, 2008 Posted by | dhimmitude, Euros | 3 Comments

Quote of the day, “Bizarre Biden metaphor” edition

Oooooooo-kay then.  From Greasy Joe:

When telling the story of how his granddaughters had a slumber party with Barack Obama’s daughters during the week of the Democratic National Convention, Biden equated it to what he says Americans want.

“I believe that’s a metaphor, a metaphor for what the country is looking for. They’re looking for a sleepover with people they like!”

Just keep Bill Clinton and Scott Ritter away from that sleepover, and everything should be hunky-dory.

September 15, 2008 Posted by | Biden, bizarre, quote of the day | 2 Comments

Why Palin irks feminists

WSJhas a great column on why Gov. Palin irks feminists.  It’s a great column, and you should definitely read it.  In short, though: She’s a successful conservative woman who is happily married and doesn’t demand a big government approach to support women.  This column should put to rest any pretense that feminists actually care about all women.

Of course, I have a list of reasons that liberal feminists detest Gov. Palin:

  • she’s not a lesbian;
  • she shaves her legs and armpits;
  • she bathes;
  • she spells the word “women” correctly, not “womyn”;
  • she’s attractive;
  • she doesn’t reek of patchouli;
  • she believes in the God of Heaven and creation, not in the god of big government;
  • any failures in life she has had, she hasn’t attributed them to the “phallusocracy”.

Those are just a few.  Any others?

September 15, 2008 Posted by | feminism, hypocrisy, Palin | 5 Comments

Obama: Say, could we maybe keep those troops in Iraq longer?

When The Chosen One says “I want an immediate withdrawal of troops from Iraq”, his definition of “immediate” is “not right now, as it might undermine my appeal to withdraw ‘immediately'”!  From the NY Post:

WHILE campaigning in public for a speedy withdrawal of US troops from Iraq, Sen. Barack Obama has tried in private to persuade Iraqi leaders to delay an agreement on a draw-down of the American military presence.

According to Iraqi Foreign Minister Hoshyar Zebari, Obama made his demand for delay a key theme of his discussions with Iraqi leaders in Baghdad in July.

“He asked why we were not prepared to delay an agreement until after the US elections and the formation of a new administration in Washington,” Zebari said in an interview.

Obama insisted that Congress should be involved in negotiations on the status of US troops – and that it was in the interests of both sides not to have an agreement negotiated by the Bush administration in its “state of weakness and political confusion.”

“However, as an Iraqi, I prefer to have a security agreement that regulates the activities of foreign troops, rather than keeping the matter open.” Zebari says.

But hey…he “supports the troops”, right?

September 15, 2008 Posted by | defeatism, Iraq, Obama, shameful | 1 Comment

Obama less bipartisan than McCain

I’ve been amused watching The One talking about how he’s going to bring Hopenchange to DC through “reaching out” to Republicans, when he’s had zero record of doing that.  The Washington Times has noticed that, too:

Sen. John McCain’s record of working with Democrats easily outstrips Sen. Barack Obama’s efforts with Republicans, according to an analysis by The Washington Times of their legislative records.

Whether looking at bills they have led on or bills they have signed onto, Mr. McCain has reached across the aisle far more frequently and with more members than Mr. Obama since the latter came to the Senate in 2005.

In fact, by several measures, Mr. McCain has been more likely to team up with Democrats than with members of his own party. Democrats made up 55 percent of his political partners over the last two Congresses, including on the tough issues of campaign finance and global warming. For Mr. Obama, Republicans were only 13 percent of his co-sponsors during his time in the Senate, and he had his biggest bipartisan successes on noncontroversial measures, such as issuing a postage stamp in honor of civil rights icon Rosa Parks.

Way to go out on a bipartisan limb with those “Rosa Parks stamp” efforts, O.  By the way, that “Obama-Lugar” bill that Barry O is fond of mentioning as “proof of bipartisanship” is a load of crap.  The bill was actually just a revival of the Lugar-Nunn bill of 1991, so the Obamaliar didn’t even come up with this initiative on his own.

Granted, I’ve not been fond of McCain’s bipartisan ventures, especially the hideous McCain-Feingold and McCain-Kennedy bills.  But at least McCain can argue that he’s tried to solve problems with the other side.  Obambi can assert no such thing.

September 15, 2008 Posted by | hypocrisy, McCain, Obama | 1 Comment