As much as I loathe Obama-Biden, I can't in good conscience vote for a McCain-Palin ticket. Palin has absolutely no experience in foreign affairs. Considering both McCain's advanced age and the state of the world today, it is essential that the veep be exceedingly qualified to assume the office of president. I simply don't have any confidence in Palin's ability to deal effectively with Iran, Russia, China, etc. I certainly will not cast a vote for Obama-Biden, but nor will I vote for McCain-Palin. Looks like I'll either sit this one out or vote for Bob Barr. Why, o, why, didn't McCain listen to Rove and just pick Romney?
she doesn't have much time to show it, which is why every last mistake on the trail will be magnified to "prove" that she's a hick who's out of her depth. She'll have to be letter perfect, especially in the debate with Biden, to convince independents she's up to it. If she isn't, I think McCain's support in the center will collapse as people worry, as I did with Pawlenty and now with Palin herself, that we're handing the keys to the kingdom to a totally unknown quantity who's one 72-year-old heartbeat away from being commander-in-chief.
Palin has been governor for about two minutes. Thanks to McCain's decision, Palin could be commander-in-chief next year. That may strike people as a reckless choice; it strikes me that way. And McCain's age raised the stakes on this issue.
That was Scarborough, a minute ago. (My MSNBC addiction rears its ugly head again.) Again, with Obama in the mix running for president, I don't think it's as fair a hit on Palin, who has more executive experience than Barack Obama. It certainly will be hard for the Democrats to make.
If she really is the nominee, will it come across as a desperation move, a Hail Mary, as Mondale's choice of Ferraro did in 1984? I'm afraid so. Her experience just doesn't justify a place on the ticket.
**I say soon-to-be Vice President because McCain is going to win in November. That's right folks. Americans will do it again. United we suck.
What freedoms will next be targeted with that deadliest trademark of an Obamalander — moral superiority? What do we have when the sole purpose of the government as run by the chilling principles of Obamaland is to “use the political process” to remove freedoms large and small one by one by one?
I interrupt your regularly-scheduled blogramming for this brief news update from Orange County, CA:
Corona del Mar resident Blythe Fair has consulted Jehovah's Witnesses, practiced a Japanese form of holistic healing and armed herself with a salad spinner, all in a desperate attempt to evade her arch-nemesis – fluoride.
Concerned that the icon of dental hygiene is actually a menace to public health, Fair is among a small but resolute band of local residents going to great lengths to avoid the extra dose of fluoride added last month to about half of Orange County's water supply.
Here in the OC (don't call it that) we are still battling the international Communist conspiracy to sap and impurify all of our precious bodily fluids. Silly me, I thought Reagan won the Cold War 'cos he told that bald guy with the raspberry jelly stain on his forehead to tear down that wall. Nevermind.
OC residents have taken extreme measures to combat fluoridation such as taking quick infrequent showers, purchasing home water-purification equipment and sitting in bathtubs for newspaper photographers.
Sure, I scoff at the anti-fluoride resistance, but at least they are making the General proud...
Nineteen hundred and forty-six. Nineteen forty-six, Mandrake. How does that coincide with your post-war Commie conspiracy, huh? It's incredibly obvious, isn't it? A foreign substance is introduced into our precious bodily fluids without the knowledge of the individual. Certainly without any choice. That's the way your hard-core Commie works.
Today begins the holy feast of Zappadan, which lasts from December 4 to 21. It's a celebration of the life and work of Frank Zappa.
To kick things off, here is a clip you've probably all watched before, but is worth watching again. Zappa's defense of freedom of speech on CNN's Crossfire in 1986 is a classic. It takes on a new resonance after our recent war of the words in blogtopia.
Twenty years later and Bob Novak is the same evil bloodsucker. Some things never change. In his opening monologue Tom Braden asks: "Do we want the government to ban the sale of records with lyrics the government doesn't like?" Replace "government" with "high and mighty blog censors" and you've just described the last 30 days at Area 51.
In other interwebs news... Conservapedia, "the Trustworthy Encyclopedia", is celebrating their first anniversary. Ever wonder what conservatives search for in this encyclopedia? Well, 9 out of the 10 most viewed pages on their site concern homosexuality. I'm not sure what conclusion to draw from this strange fact so I'll leave that to you, dear reader.
Have a happy Thanksgiving! Don't get too high on the L-tryptophan...
“I’m proud to say that the tide has turned in Iraq and we’re winning that war,” Lieberman said. “And if we don’t let down our troops, they’re going to bring home a victory that will protect us here at home from today’s threat — totalitarian terrorist Islamism that’s trying to take our liberty from us.”
Yeah, that war. 'Cos we got to get ready for the next war, right N-Pod?
I UNDERSTAND THAT TRYING TO INFER LOGIC FROM INSTAPUNDITRY IS FUTILE, BUT...Glenn Reynoldsasserts that Iran has been at war with the United States "since 1979." My question: when does he start calling for Michael Ledeen to be put on trial for high treason for helping to sell arms to a country the U.S. is at war with?
Traitors to the Nation (according to Perfesser Corncob):
Michael Leedeen and the whole Iran-Contra crew.
What would we do without Instahackery's comic relief?
Lindsay Lohan - attending rehab for alcohol, drugs and bulimia while indulging in alcohol, drugs and stomach purging on the weekends.
Gavin Newsom - will attend alcohol counseling after admitting to banging his campaign adviser's wife. What an idiot - as if there aren't enough hot, young single women in SF for him to chase.
Paris Hilton - will probably attend rehab to understand why she hates African Americans and homosexuals. One can only hope she experiences some swift aversion therapy. Hell, it worked for Alex de Large.
So, whether you suffer from homophobia, racism or adultery, just blame it on alcohol and admit that rehab is the solution for you! Unfortunately, one has yet to develop a rehab center for war-addicted neocons...
Michael E. O'Hanlon, Senior Fellow, Foreign Policy Studies Max Boot, Senior Fellow, Council on Foreign Relations
Now is the time to consider a new chapter in the annals of American immigration. By inviting foreigners to join the U.S. armed forces in exchange for a promise of citizenship after a four-year tour of duty, we could continue to attract some of the world's most enterprising, selfless and talented individuals. We could provide a new path toward assimilation for undocumented immigrants who are already here but lack the prerequisite for enlistment -- a green card. And we could solve the No. 1 problem facing the Army and Marine Corps: the fact that these services need to grow to meet current commitments yet cannot easily do so (absent a draft) given the current recruiting environment.
I've found that the vast majority of my fellow soldiers couldn't care less about ideological politics. The sin Arkin committed was to transpose neocon idea's onto the thought processes of those in the military:
I said I was bothered by the notion that "the troops" were somehow becoming hallowed beings above society, that they had an attitude that only they had the means - or the right - to judge the worthiness of the Iraq endeavor.
I was dead wrong in using the word mercenary to describe the American soldier today.
These men and women are not fighting for money with little regard for the nation. The situation might be much worse than that: Evidently, far too many in uniform believe that they are the one true nation. They hide behind the constitution and the flag and then spew an anti-Democrat, anti-liberal, anti-journalism, anti-dissent, and anti-citizen message that reflects a certain contempt for the American people.
He was wrong in saying this, however, if he'd said far too many on the Ideological Right believe that they are the one true nation, that they hide behind those who serve in the military and the flag and then spew an anti-Democrat, anti-liberal, anti-journalism, anti-dissent, and anti-citizen message that reflects a certain contempt for the American people, he'd have been right on the mark.
Need proof that Republicanade works? Look no further than our number one customer George W. Bush. He drinks at least 3 to 5 servings per day. His recent 60 Minutes interview was completely inspired by Republicanade's magical formula...
The whiny defeatocrats in Congress can't stop the surge. According to unitary executive theory it is the president's God-given duty to send 21,000 more troops to Iraq.
George W. Bush is a self-proclaimed cowboy war president with a "thick hide". He sometimes wears cowboy boots. Yee-haw!
Don't listen to the "Bush lied" crowd. The Bush administration has always been "straight" with the American people.