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A fitting party symbol for the Democrats

As another killer hurricane bears down upon New Orleans, consider the reaction of creepy Leftists Keith Olbermann and Michael Moore, along with former DNC chair James Fowler, to the impending tragedy.

First, Mr. Hate and the dishonest "documentary" maker, and then, the sensitive, caring former head of the Democratic Party, Mr. Fowler:



One devoutly hopes that the people of New Orleans and the Gulf States remember these words in November.

HT: RedState

You're not going to believe this: Is "Compassionate Liberalism" an oxymoron?

These quotes from Leftist and dishonest "documentary" maker Michael Moore and former Democratic National Chair Donald Fowler must be heard to be believed.

Even the bile-filled (can you believe it- a cake?) Keith Olberman realizes, I think, that Mr. Moore has stuck his foot in it.

Therefore, here they are: first, the Olbermann/Moore blathering, and then, the compassionate Mr. Fowler:



HT: RedState

Dog bites man; MSM finds GOP scandals where there are none.

Wikipedia- and NPR (not surprisingly)- are trying to make a scandal out of a favorable revision of Sarah Palin's article on the site.

Horrors!

The thing that makes it really funny is that NPR admits that it happens all the time, for politicians of either party, whenever they suddenly come into the spotlight. So why is this newsworthy?

To be fair, the Wikipedia guy who blew the whistle is a fan of Palin who had written on his personal blog that John McCain should pick her as his running mate. But still... this does rather seem like a case of "dog bites man," nicht wahr?

Yes...

And soon is now! It's McCain-Palin

The McCain campaign has confirmed that Sen. McCain has indeed picked Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin as his running mate.

The 44 year old first term governor has a reputation as a smart, hard-nosed, conservative politician who is strongly pro-life.

Great choice, IMHO.

BREAKING NEWS: Yes, it IS McCain-Palin!

The McCain campaign has confirmed that the presumptive Republican presidential nominee has picked Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin as his vice presidential candidate.

Gov. Palin will be the first vice-presidential nominee ever to be featured on the cover of Vogue.

ADDENDUM: Thanks to Carl Vehse for pointing out in the comments what should have been obvious from the git-go: that the Vogue cover (which I've deleted) is in fact a Photo-Shop fake.

McCain-Palin 2008? We'll know soon

Despite those rumors last night that Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty's sudden departure from Denver was because he'd been notified that John McCain had picked him to be his running mate and he had a joint appearance to make with McCain in Ohio today, Pawlenty says this morning that he's not the one McCain has picked.

Indications are that Mitt Romney, the other favorite, won't be the candidate, either.

However, a flurry of speculation has been awakened this morning by Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin's quiet arrival in Cincinnatti this morning by private jet. Nobody is saying anything, but she appears to be the person most likely to be standing next to McCain when he names his running mate in a few hours.

Palin- a woman (notice that, Hillary backers?), a tough politician, a fine public speaker, a McCain-esque reformer, a strongly pro-life conservative, and a choice sure to get attention- would be an excellent call by McCain. True, she lacks experience. But McCain has plenty of that…

Palin?

There was a flurry of excitement yesterday when Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty abruptly left Denver, where he was one of the McCain campaign's designated responder to events at the Democratic Convention. Rumor had it that he was headed for Ohio to be named today as John McCain's running mate.

Not so. This morning Pawlenty said that it wouldn't be him. Neither, it seems, will it be former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney.

However, Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin reportedly took a private jet from her home state last night, and landed in Cincinnati...

We'll know in a few hours, but I wouldn't bet against Obama-Biden being opposed by McCain-Palin.

ADDENDUM: Despite numerous Palin sightings in Ohio and the story reported on NPR minutes ago of her flight to Cincinnati, ABC is claiming that the Alaska governor is still in Alaska, and plans to attend the State Fair today.

Solved: the case of the missing flags

All week, the people over at Red State have been searching for American flags- other than the ones passed out for delegates to hold when the TV cameras were running- at the Democratic National Convention.

Well, the finally found some.

In the trash.

EXCLUSIVE: Advance texts of Obama's and Biden's acceptance speeches at Denver!

Remarks by SENATOR BARAK OBAMA, Democratic nominee for President of the United States:

President Clinton, President Carter, Senator Clinton, Madam Speaker, Senator Kennedy, reverend clergy, fellow citizens:

We anticipate today not a victory of party, but a celebration of freedom -- symbolizing an end, as well as a beginning -- signifying renewal, as well as change. For I have been nominated for the same office our forebears institued more than two centuries ago.

The world is very different now. For man holds in his mortal hands the power to abolish all forms of human poverty and all forms of human life. And yet the same revolutionary beliefs for which our forebears fought are still at issue around the globe -- the belief that the rights of man come not from the generosity of the state, but from the hand of God.

We dare not forget today that we are the heirs of that first revolution. Let the word go forth from this time and place, to friend and foe alike, that the torch has been passed to …

And Drudge was wrong!

Joe Biden gives Obama a little credibility in the area of foreign policy, which the Democratic presidential nominee-to-be badly needs. Not that Biden is the best possible authority on the subject, mind you- or, when it comes down to it, that he's exactly a model of credibility on anything.Just that, unlike Obama, Biden has some idea what he's talking about when it comes to foreign policy.

Incidentally, though... wasn't it Joe Biden who said, early in the campaign for the Democratic nomination, that the presidency isn't the place for on-the-job training, and thus (at least by implication) that Obama wasn't qualified for the job?

You have to grant Joe Biden's good judgment at least on that occasion.

Bayh-den

Well, Drudge got the first syllable of Obama's choice right, anyway!
Joe Biden- the chair of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee- lends at least some credibility to the ticket in the area of foreign policy.Of course, he's also the guy who suggested during the Democratic campaign here in Iowa that Obama simply didn't have the resume to be president. I have a feeling that both of these gentlemen will be hearing about that quote quite a bit in coming months- and that as a result Sen. Obama will find himself trying to explain away one of his running-mate's inconvenient comments, as well as so many of those inconvenient comment and positions of his own he keeps himself so busy trying to rationalize away.I'm personally hoping that John McCain picks either Gen. Petraeus or Colin Powell, either of whom would be a vice-president as far superior to Biden as McCain would be a president far superior to Obama.

Sources report Obama-Bayh material in production

According to Drudge, several sources are reporting that a Kansas City company has begun production of Obama-Bayh campaign material.

Indiana Sen. Evan Bayh is the son of one of the original front runners for the 1976 Democratic Presidential nomination, Sen. Birch Bayh. The elder Bayh split the liberal vote with Rep. Morris Udall, enabling former Georgia Gov. Jimmy Carter to win the nomination.

BREAKING NEWS: Obama-Bayh?

Multiple sources are reporting that a company in Kansas City, Missouri has begun printing Obama-Bayh campaign material.

Sen. Evan Bayh (D-Ind.) is the son of Sen. Birch Bayh, an early favorite for the 1976 Democratic nomination ultimately won by Jimmy Carter.

HT: Drudge

On the intellectual shallowness of Jack Cafferty

As is true of most of what appears on CNN, Jack Cafferty's commentary has never been exactly a model of balance. Fair enough, I guess; whatever is clearly labeled as commentary has to be judged by a different standard of objectivity than straight reporting, and most of us are not equally insightful at all times.

But I got a real kick out of this gem, which I came across this morning on Real Clear Politics.

Cafferty tries- rather embarrassingly- to make the case that John McCain is intellectually shallow because of his answers to questions asked by Rick Warren at his joint appearance with his opponent, Barack Obama, at Warren's Saddleback Church earlier in the week. The trouble is that it's Cafferty who comes off as shallow.

Consider this odd comment: "When asked what his Christian faith means to him, his answer was a one-liner. 'It means I'm saved and forgiven.' Great scholars have wrestled with the meaning of faith for centuries. McCain then retold a story w…

Bolton blasts U.S. cowardice

Former United States Ambassador to the United Nations John Bolton herein takes the Bush administration properly to task for its failure to be more forceful on behalf of our democratic ally, the Republic of Georgia, which this week week was invaded by the Soviet Unio- er, the Russians.

Bolton is right- and so is John McCain: as far as the G-8 is concerned, Russia's expulsion is utterly obligatory. And so is the repeal of every mark of economic and diplomatic favor the United States has extended to Russia since the collapse of the Soviet Union.

After all, the Soviet Union seems to be back in all but name.

First Poland in 1956. Then Czechloslovakia in 1968. And now... Georgia in 2008. What, exactly, has changed?

HT: Real Clear Politics

Lies and heartlessness mar these misbegotten Olympics

In view of the pre-Olympic crackdown on dissidents (including Christians and past Chinese Olympians) and the Chinese regime's all time gold medal performance in the mass murder event, the psychological scarring of a little girl may seem like small potatoes.

But Chicago Sun-Times sportswriter Jay Marriotti nails it when he points out the way it symbolizes the phoniness of this truly regrettable Olympics.

Those Canadian paparazzi...

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Taking a bubble to the stars

We who dream of interstellar travel are daunted by a seemingly unbreakable law of physics suggested by Einstein: nothing can travel faster than the speed of light. And even at that speed, there are only a handful of Class G or K stars (similar enough to our sun to be the home of life as we know it) close enough for us to reach them in a lifetime.

Star Trek suggested warp speed as a solution; Babylon 5 and numerous other sci fi yarns have postulated a kind of hyperspace one could travel through in which distances are shorter. Some sci-fi authors have spoken of "folding space" to bring cosmically distant points closer together.

Now, scientists are suggesting that something vaguely similar to what I understand the principle of warp drive to be might actually be possible.

May they be right.

Will an Obama administration throw away Iraq?

Now that the war in Iraq is all but won (even though Barack Obama and the Left generally refuse to acknowledge that they were wrong about its winnability), Bing West of the Wall Street Journal addresses the one thing that could mess it all up: an Obama administration following through on its promise to ignore the advice of our military leaders and squander everything our soldiers and Marines have died to accomplish.

Two out of three ain't bad

Well, we beat the Foul Fowl again yesterday. Two out of three- and six out of the seven games we've played against our two top rivals in the past week.

We're now three and a half games up on the Brew Crew, and seven on the Cardinals. We have six games left against each of them.

I'm feeling fairly comfortable right now, though hardly cocky.

Through the looking glass with Anna Quindlan

Following the logic of liberal columnist Anna Quindlan is often an adventure. But in the current issue of Newsweek, she truly outdoes herself.

That some African-Americans (and probably a larger percentage of white liberals) are sometimes apt to use white racism as an excuse for... well, pretty much anything, and as an all-purpose cheap shot to discredit any individual or argument one might want to reject, is no secret to anybody whose powers of observation are not obscured by the dogmas of political correctness. In fact, anyone with an ounce of common sense and objectivity should have no trouble seeing that white racism is so formidable, pervasive and damaging an obstacle to life as a African-American that it would take a superhuman strength of character, rigorous self-discipline, and far more character than the white author of this blog possesses for an African-American not to be tempted to use it as a cop-out from time to time.

Quindlan, however, denies that this ever happens! And by …

Cubs take opener from Ruddy Pigeons

My Cubs have another "showdown" series this week. They opened it in good and dramatic style, dropping the Cardinals to seven games back with a 3-2 extra-innings win at Wrigley.

Will history repeat itself?

Meanwhile, Peggy Noonan doesn't agree with me that John McCain's campaign is taking on the aura of Harry Truman's in 1948- though she does think that Barack Obama is looking more and more like Tom Dewey.

She also notices that something in the dynamics of the campaign has changed in the last four weeks- and that things haven't exactly shifted in Obama's favor.

Meanwhile, Tobey Harnden at Real Clear Politics notes that McCain has caught on to the secret that enabled Harry Truman to pull off that upset: make the campaign be about your prissy, self-impressed opponent.

Catch this URL

This one.

It's idolatrous even by pre-Vatican II standards.

I don't think Pope Benedict- or any real Catholic- would approve for a moment. But this is where the vanishing thinness of the line between doulia (the kind of adoration given the saints) and hyperdoulia (the kind of worship Christians have always insisted is appropriate only when offered to God Himself) inevitably leads.

Mary- whose name the congregation I serve bears- is special to the Church precisely because of her humble submission to the will of the One with Whom she ought not to be confused- and because that humility, which enabled her spirit to rejoice in God, her Savior, also enabled her to be the very ordinary means by which God entered His creation to redeem it.

The Blessed Virgin would be shocked to be deified in anybody's mind- or practice. Her entire significance lies in her total renunciation of self in order to bring into the world the one and only human being who can rightly be called God.

Dubya blasts Chinese regime of terror

President Bush- to his eternal credit- has taken the occasion of the arrest of three American Christians protesting for religious freedom in Tiananmen Square to roundly condemn China's obscene human rights record.

Such a word was more than needed at the outset of the Bejing Olympics.

The Chinese regime has murdered at least 35,208,000 of its own people since Mao took power in October of 1949. It continues to persecute Christians who refuse to knuckle under to its own puppet leaders, to repress minorities, and to suppress dissent. The crackdown on dissidents- including former Olympic gold medal winners- in the months leading up to the Olympics has been well documented.

In my opinion, we have no business sending a team to Bejing. But given the fact that we have, President Bush deserves credit for holding these bloodthirsty totalitarians to account.

Good for Dubyah!

President Bush has bluntly condemned China's outrageous human rights record just as the Olympics prepare to open in the homeland of history's most murderous regime.

The president's statement also coincided with the arrest of three American Christians, who were protesting for religious freedom in Tiananmen Square.

Clarence Page turns racism into a joke

Read and chuckle as the Chicago Tribune's Clarence Page tries to persuade is that "arrogant" (as in Barak Obama) is really a racist code word for "uppity," and that "skinny" (heaven help us!) is really a racist code for "African American."

Racism is anything but funny. But the long-expected (and indignantly denied) Obamaphile strategy of seeing anything vaguely related to opposition to Barack Obama's candidacy as somehow "racist" nevertheless threatens to turn an extraordinarily ugly thing into a source of mirth.

This stuff just can't be taken seriously.

Understanding Barack Obama

Barack Obama is a man of faith who belongs to a church which dismisses or marginalizes much of what the Christian faith has historically regarded as its substance. His position on Iraq seems not so much to change as to ooze like the liquid metal of those Terminator robots, constantly in the process of turning into something new without ever really becoming anything concrete enough to pin him down on.

In fact, comprehending Obama and his values is difficult. But here is a theory that makes sense to me.

Could it simply be that Obama is a Postmodernist?

HT: Real Clear Politics

Does running against Obama make McCain a racist?

It was inevitable.

Just a few months ago, I came across a Leftist blog which ridiculed a Republican for predicting that the Democratic line this year would be that if you oppose Barack Obama, you're a racist.

Of course, that such an argument would be made was inevitable. And even now, John McCain is the victim of that particular slander for.... opposing Barack Obama.

Obama- the divider who tries to paint himself as a uniter- ought to be ashamed of himself.

HT: Real Clear Politics

Solzhenitsyn dead at 89

Alexander Solzhenitsyn, the heroic Soviet dissenter whose The Gulag Archipelago cast worldwide attention on the Stalin-era concentration camps in Siberia, is dead of heart failure at 89.

Solzhenitsyn was also spoke out strongly about the spiritual bankruptcy of the modern West. American cultural leaders, responding to the Russian writer, were often heard to say, "Huh?"

His was a lonely voice from the wilderness that was heard throughout the world, and helped to change the course of history.

HT: Drudge

The Audacity of Hype

But.... where's the substance?

Oh, how I hope the money is there to get these on the air in every market in America.....again..... and again...... and again.....

Barack Obama was wrong about the surge. Now he's trying to pretend that he was right all along.

And the media? They're too busy getting a thrill up Chris Matthew's leg to point it out.

Listen to Barack Obama lie in his teeth about where he's stood on this issue all along!

Oh, that's an old joke!

Scholars at the University of Wolverhampton in England have uncovered what they say is the world's oldest joke, told by the Sumerians around 1900 B.C.

It goes: "Something which has never occurred since time immemorial: a young woman did not fart in her husband's lap."

Ok, so the writers were on strike back then.

The second oldest joke, dating from 1600 B.C., is from Egypt: "How do you entertain a bored pharaoh? You sail a boatload of young women dressed only in fishing nets down the Nile and urge the pharaoh to go catch a fish."

The oldest known joke in the English language dates from the 10th Century, and will not be told here, since this is a family site.

Oh, those Anglo-Saxons!

Here is the full list of history's ten oldest known jokes.