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Obama: McCain Scoring 'Cheap Political Points'

ABC News: Obama: McCain Scoring "Cheap Political Points": "'I'll repeat again what I've said many times. This is a guy who engaged in some despicable acts 40 years ago when I was eight years old. By the time I met him, 10 or 15 years ago, he was a college professor of education at the University of Illinois . . . And the notion that somehow he has been involved in my campaign, that he is an adviser of mine, that . . . I've 'palled around with a terrorist', all these statements are made simply to try to score cheap political points.'"

1. He has never recanted, repented or expressed any form of regret whatsoever for his actions
2. He has not changed his beliefs from that day to this one.
3. No one has made any accusation (that I know of) that Ayers is involved with his campaign
4. He has known and associated with Ayers for many years. Suggestions of a passing relationship with Ayers are fundamentally dishonest.

Happy Che Day

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41 years ago today murdering psychopath Ernesto "Che" Guevera started his dirt nap. Call me uncharitable or un-Christian or whatever but I'm happy he's dead and hopes he remains so.

Don’t believe the Dem hype

Don’t believe the Dem hype.

via Drudge


“I don’t think Obama has closed the deal yet,” pollster John Zogby told the Herald yesterday.

Zogby’s latest poll, released yesterday in conjunction with C-Span and Reuters, shows Obama and John McCain in a statistical dead heat, with the Illinois Democrat up 48-45 percent.

Zogby said the race mirrors the 1980 election, when voters didn’t embrace Ronald Reagan over then-President Jimmy Carter until just days before the election.

“The Sunday before the election the dam burst,” Zogby said of the 1980 tilt. “That’s when voters determined they were comfortable with Reagan.”

Now voters are wrestling with two senators with opposite resumes - Obama, at 47, the unknown, and the established 72-year-old McCain.

Zogby said he’s still hearing from moderates and non-partisan voters - what he calls “the big middle” - who are still shopping for a candidate.

“It still can break one way or the other,” Zogby says.


It ain't over yet folks. Buckle up, it's about t…

Palin Code Name: 'Denali'

Palin Code Name: "Denali". Perfect! It's an SUV and a park. What could be more fitting? I suppose "Moose Shooting Hockey Mom" is too long.

Joe doesn't have one listed. What should it be? Botox? Gaffer? Smarmy?

Reader(s) are invited to add theirs in the comments.

The untold story of the battle against the ‘Soldiers of Heaven’ - Army News, opinions, editorials, news from Iraq, photos, reports - Army Times

The untold story of the battle against the ‘Soldiers of Heaven’

Read the whole thing. Some day some wise Hollywood studio is going to make this into an heroic movie and make a zillion dollars. It will probably take some years before they'll bring themselves to do it. Currently their partisanship outweighs their greed. Greed, however, will win in the end.

Kennewick reservist faces threats over landscaping

Kennewick reservist faces threats over landscaping: "'I really don't give a [expletive] where he is or what his problem is,' said Chick Edwards, owner and developer of the 47-lot subdivision at the south end of Oak Street in Kennewick.

'It doesn't matter to me,' said Edwards, who insists Jensen has violated terms of the homeowners-association covenants requiring that landscaping be completed within one year after an occupancy permit is issued for a home."


Tar. Feathers. Some assembly required.

Credit card collapse

I know I'm not the only one thinking it. Given that a very large percentage of Americans' net worth is was tied up in the value of their house how far of can a collapse of credit cards be? If people are losing their homes they have little reason to pay their credit card debts. Keeping their house they'd be likely to pay the cards to prevent losing the house. Take away the house and bankruptcy seems less awful.

I also found it interesting that the Obama/Biden plan includes a provision to renegotiate the principle not just the interest rate. I'm very curious to see how that would work. Would fools like me, who have been paying their bills, be allowed to renegotiate the principle? The hazards of a plan like that are staggering.

Treacher again

McCain Refers to Obama as "My Opponent"

My man-crush continues apace. I wish I was half as funny as this guy. My reader(s) may tire of me saying "Go read Treacher. Again." and if you don't like it, either of you can stop coming back. Wait! Where are you going? I was just kidding!

Quote of the Day

McCain tag cloud

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Modern Journalism

Is Russia an evil empire?

Man in Black: All right. Where is the poison? The battle of wits has begun. It ends when you decide and we both drink, and find out who is right... and who is dead.
Vizzini: But it's so simple. All I have to do is divine from what I know of you: are you the sort of man who would put the poison into his own goblet or his enemy's? Now, a clever man would put the poison into his own goblet, because he would know that only a great fool would reach for what he was given. I am not a great fool, so I can clearly not choose the wine in front of you. But you must have known I was not a great fool, you would have counted on it, so I can clearly not choose the wine in front of me.
Man in Black: You've made your decision then?
Vizzini: Not remotely. Because iocane comes from Australia, as everyone knows, and Australia is entirely peopled with criminals, and criminals are used to having people not trust them, as you are not trusted by me, so I can clearly not c…

Obama's Money

This story will go exactly nowhere. Michelle Malkin will be spitting nails but it's too late in the game for this to matter. After the election there will be even less interest.


Obama money from abroad could total $3.3 million: "The $3.3 million total does not include donors who have given less than $200 and whose contributions do not have to be itemized. Some of that money could also have come from overseas. About half of Obama's $455 million in contributions so far are unitemized. The campaign does not identify those donors.


Message here is: Donate as much as you like just make sure you keep it under $200 at a time. That way we can get around those pesky financing laws.


Obama senior adviser David Axelrod, speaking to reporters en route to Nashville, Tenn., on Tuesday, noted that anyone can donate to the campaign through the Internet. 'We monitor these things as best we can,' he said.


If this is your best, you have no business running our government.


Republican J…

Nobody's dummy

Camile Paglia's column is always a must read but the latest installment is exceptional.

Nobody's dummy mostly talks about Palin specifically and Feminism more broadly. The letters are remarkable and well worth your time.

Never knew the guy, lived in my neighborhood

Close-up on juvenile justice

Nothing to see here, move along

Time Warp Wives

Time Warp Wives: Meet the women who really do live in the past

This is disquieting, fascinating and oddly endearing all at once. While I appreciate that people want to go back to a world of friendly neighbors, civic pride, and traditional roles one need not retreat from this world into some fantasy based costume world to do so. Hey, if they're happy and not hurting anyone what's the harm?

And that's when Mike's head exploded

Are the sands shifting?

Some genius said:


One of us is completely nuts. I think we'll find out in November and I really hope it isn't me.


Perhaps I'm not crazy. Consider this:


If I am right and these polls have been weighted using the wrong driver (historically it has been party driven) then Obama is not in the lead and has no hope of catching up.


This guy is going to be either hailed as the worlds greatest tea leaf reader or a monster raving loon. Either way, his fate and mine are not too far off. I have much less factual reason to back up my assertion (which is why I have so little faith in it). I am like some sort of political phrenologist reading the bumps as indicators of something below the hardened shell of political polls to find what lies beneath. In a month we'll know if I need good recipes for crow or I can be the new bookmaker at Tradesports. Either way the suspense is killing me.

h/t: American Digest

The Palin Problem

More like the Orwell problem. I talked about this earlier. Jon Meacham can't decide whether or not Palin has done extraordinary things:

The Palin Problem


Jackson, Lincoln, Truman, Eisenhower, Johnson, Nixon, Ford, Carter, Reagan and Clinton were born to ordinary families, but they spent their lives doing extraordinary things, demonstrating an interest in, and a curiosity about, the world around them. This is much less evident in Palin's case.


Five paragraphs later....


She is a rising political star, a young woman—she is only 44—who has done extraordinary things.


She's screwing with this guy's head so badly he doesn't know if he's coming or going.

Springsteen for Obama

“I don’t know about you, but I want my house back"

I love Bruce but this is just laughable.

Why McCain is Toast

Beggars belief Part II

L.A. Times Cuts Out McCain’s Remarks About Economy, Then Quotes Barack Obama Saying McCain is Scared to Talk About the Economy. Will someone in the dextrosphere please explain to me how this is not only political activism but dishonest? Anyone?

Democrats talk about the need to bring the country together but their proxies in the MSM are doing crap like this and then are mystified that things aren't all hunky dory. People who lean right are favoring internet news over print and TV more and more. This kind of crap gets wide play on those sites and is not helping. It is bad for the country to have a press that is actively campaigning for one candidate over another. Favoring one candidate over another is problematic but almost unavoidable. People have biases. Better that they simply cop to it.

Beggars belief

False But Justified is the new meme. I hate to sling the word orwellian but this really is that. The ability to hold two contradictory ideas at the same time. He's wrong but superior. How can any rational person believe that. In all seriousness, if anyone I knew personally did this I'd worry about their mental health.

Behold the power of Phil Gramm!

I never knew

El-Lheidan said the Olympics includes “obscene scenes” and “nothing made Satan happier than seeing females athletes dressed in skimpy outfits.”

Just call me Satan! All this time and I never knew. I guess it's OK that I call my children hellions now.

My favorite part of the article:


"A Saudi Sheikh recently issued a fatwa stating that women who wear the niqab (full face veil) are only allowed to show one eye, covering the other along with the rest of their bodies."


This is like some bizarre form of eliminationism that Freeberg is usually ascribing to liberals here in the US. He's trying to make women literally invisible and then, by degrees, smallifying the box they're living in. I suspect that if he could figure out how to reproduce w/o women he'd be a happy guy.